War over Hindi Diwas in Karnataka: Former CM HD Kumarswamy writes a letter to CM Bommai

13 September, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

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JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy has addressed a letter to Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai in advance of Hindi Diwas on September 14, pleading with his administration not to celebrate the day ...

JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy has addressed a letter to Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai in advance of Hindi Diwas on September 14, pleading with his administration not to celebrate the day using tax dollars.

According to the former chief minister, forcing Hindi Diwas, which falls on September 14, would be “unfair” to the Karnataka population.

The letter’s opening line reads, “Celebrating the Union government-sponsored Hindi Diwas programme on September 14 forcefully in Karnataka will be an injustice to Kannadigas by the State government.”

Kumaraswamy further requested “I urge that Karnataka government should celebrate Hindi Diwas by using the State’s taxpayer money for no reason.”

Noting that India is a vast union due to its many languages and dialects, over 560 princely States, and varied social and cultural customs. Celebrating a single language is wrong in such a place.

The celebration of Hindi Diwas was opposed by Kumaraswamy last year as well, claiming that it had no significance for people whose native tongue was not Hindi and calling for its abolition.

Last year, there was a significant social media uproar and demonstrations against Hindi Diwas from pro-Kannada organisations, who called it an “imposition of Hindi.”

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