Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Saturday reiterated that Tamil Nadu would reject any form of Hindi hegemony and imposition.
He was responding to Union Home minister Amit Shah’s statement that there was a need to develop acceptance for the Hindi language without any kind of opposition, even if its pace was slow.
On Saturday, Stalin wrote on Twitter that Amit Shah’s remarks were an “audacious push” for Hindi acceptance. “It’s a blatant attempt to subjugate non-Hindi speakers,” he said. “Our language and heritage define us – we won’t be enslaved by Hindi!”
He said that many states, including Karnataka and West Bengal, have been “vehemently resisting” the imposition of Hindi.
“Igniting the embers of the ‘1965 anti-Hindi imposition agitations’ would be an unwise move,” the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam chief told Shah.
Tamil Nadu minister and DMK youth wing secretary Udhayanidhi Stalin also said the undemocratic stance disregarded the rich linguistic diversity of India.
“Superficial praise for Tamil in Tamil Nadu, alongside imperialist pro-Hindi statements from North India, exposes BJP’s double standards. Tamil Nadu has a history of resisting Hindi imposition, and it will firmly reject all the autocratic moves of fascists,” he said.