Thiruvananthapuram | Jagran News Desk: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said that Home Minister Amit Shah's perception that only Hindi can unite the country is ‘completely wrong’ and called the claim ‘absurd’.

On a Facebook post, the Kerala Chief Minister expressed his disagreement and said that people in the south and the north-east don't speak Hindi.

“Union Home Minister Amit Shah's Hindi agenda push despite nationwide protest needs to be seen as Sangh Parivar's signs to launch a new battlefield in the name of language. The perception that only Hindi can unite the country is completely wrong. People in the south and the north-east don't speak Hindi,” said Vijayan in his Facebook post.

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He also tweeted about it and said that Hindi is not the mother tongue of a majority of Indians.

“The claim that Hindi unifies our country is absurd. That language is not the mother tongue of a majority of Indians. The move to inflict Hindi upon them amounts to enslaving them. Union Minister's statement is a war cry against the mother tongues of non-Hindi speaking people,” he tweeted.

Meanwhile, other opposition leaders also attacked Shah with DMK leader MK Stalin leading the charge and asking Shah to withdraw his statement.

“We have been continuously waging protest against imposition of Hindi. Today's remarks made by Amit Shah gave us a jolt, it will affect the unity of the country. We demand that he takes his statement back,” said Stalin.

Stalin further said that this could well affect the unity of India.

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“If the national language is the most widely spoken Hindi, then the most flying bird in India, crow, should have been the national bird of India, this was our leaders Anna's stand. From that day, DMK has worked hard to protest Tamil language,” he added.

Former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy also attacked Shah and said, “across the country, Hindi Diwas is being celebrated. When will PM Modi celebrate Kannada diwas, which is also an official language according to the Constitution.”

Shah in his speech on Hindi Diwas on Saturday pitched for a common language for the country and said it is Hindi which is spoken the most and can unite the whole country.

The home minister also said efforts will be made to expand Hindi to different parts of the country and asked everyone to use their native languages as much as possible.

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"India has many languages and every language has its importance. But it is absolutely necessary that the entire country should have one language that becomes India's identity globally," he said.

"I want to appeal to people to promote their native languages but also use Hindi to make the dream of Bapu (Mahatma Gandhi) and Sardar (Vallabhbhai) Patel of one language come true," he added.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma