Tamil Nadu leaders decry Amit Shah’s pitch for Hindi
- Amit Shah’s statement on Saturday, on the occasion of Hindi Divas (Day), that Hindi should be India’s common and unifying language came in for sharp criticism from Tamil Nadu political leaders and the BJP’s own allies.
- DMK president M.K. Stalin said making Hindi as the national language would make non-Hindi speaking people the secondary citizen and undermine the unity.
- “DMK founder Anna said if a language spoken by more people should be the national language, then the ubiquitous crow, and not the peacock, should be the national bird,” Mr. Stalin quipped.
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- Urging Mr. Shah to withdraw his comments, he warned that the DMK would launch a war to protect Tamil and imposition of Hindi.
- PMK leader S. Ramadoss, an ally of the BJP, said while Mr. Shah had the right to extol the greatness of Hindi, he could not impose the language on others.