Yediyurappa In No Mood To Promote Shah's Hindi Pitch

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Karnataka’s BJP chief minister BS Yediyurappa said all Indian languages are equal, rejecting the party president and Union home minister Amit Shah’s appeal to promote Hindi language.

Playing the Kannada identity card, Yediyurrappa on Twitter clarified his stance over according primacy to Hindi: “All official languages in our country are equal. However, as far as Karnataka is concerned, Kannada is the principal language. We will never compromise its importance and are committed to promote Kannada and our state’s culture,” he tweeted.

Shah had on Saturday tweeted that it was “extremely necessary to have one language for the whole country that will be India’s identity” and identified Hindi as that language, triggering protests from politicians across the southern states.

Tamil Nadu's main opposition party, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief MK Stalin on Monday announced protest demonstrations at all district headquarters across the state on September 20 at 10 am to condemn Shah’s Hindi push.

The agitation was to nip in the bud the "adverse effects of Hindi imposition on mother Tamil and the mother tongues of people of other (non-Hindi speaking) states," and the DMK has a responsibility to do it, a resolution adopted at the meet said.

South India superstar and Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) founder Kamal Haasan has also raised his voice against attempts to “impose” Hindi. 

In a video message shared on social media, he said, “The unity in diversity is a promise that we made when we made India into a republic. Now, no Shah, Sultan or Samrat must renege on that promise. We respect all languages, but our mother language will always be Tamil.”

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said: ‘We would not compromise with our mother tongue for the sake of other languages. “My best wishes to all on #HindiDiwas. We should respect all languages and cultures equally. We may learn many languages but we should never forget our mother-language,” she tweeted.

Hyderabad MP and Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen leader Asaduddin Owaisi tweeted: “Hindi isn’t every Indian’s ‘mother tongue’. Could you try appreciating the diversity & beauty of the many mother tongues that dot this land? Article 29 gives every Indian the right to a distinct language, script & culture. India’s much bigger than Hindi, Hindu, Hindutva.”

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