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Shah's Hindi push draws flak from opposition

Shahs Hindi push draws flak from opposition

New Delhi - The home minister also asked everyone to use their native languages as much as possible.



By PTI

Published: Sat 14 Sep 2019, 11:37 PM

Last updated: Sun 15 Sep 2019, 1:40 AM

Union Home Minister Amit Shah's call for promotion of Hindi as a national langauge drew strong reaction from politicians belonging to non-Hindi speaking areas.
Amit Shah on Saturday pitched for a common language for the country and said as Hindi is spoken the most, it can unite the whole country.
The home minister also asked everyone to use their native languages as much as possible, but said efforts will be made to expand Hindi's reach to different parts of the country.
"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 in a series of tweets in Hindi.
Shah said that today, if any language which can unite the country, it is Hindi that is spoken the most.
"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 tweeted. According to the Official Languages Act, 1963, Hindi and English are the official languages for the Union government and Parliament.
A total of 22 languages of the country are recognised under the Eight Schedule of the Constitution. Later, speaking at a 'Hindi Divas' function, Shah said even Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel, who forged a united India, appealed to people to accept Hindi as the official language.


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