Rajinikanth on Amit Shah’s Hindi remark: Tamil superstar Rajinikanth on September 18, Wednesday, said no language should be imposed on people in his reaction to Home Minister Amit Shah’s comment that Hindi should become the unifier language. While Rajinikanth didn’t harshly dismiss the idea unlike other leaders, he did say that it was a good idea for any county to have a common language for its unity and progress. He added it was not possible to bring the common language concept in southern India. Therefore, an imposition of a language is impractical in India. He also pointed that if one imposes Hindi, many states in northern parts will also not accept it.

Recently, Home Minister Amit Shah made comments on Hindi becoming a unifying language. On Saturday, Amit Shah tweeted that India is a country of many different languages, and each language has its own significance, but it is necessary to have a common language marking India’s identity globally.

Shah said if there is one language today that has the ability to strengthen the nation together in unity, it is the Hindi language. This language is the most widely-spoken and understood language in India, he said.

Amit Shah’s statement about Hindi as unifying language for all Indians has stirred the language controversy, reviving the decades-old debate on uniformity versus diversity. When first moved in the 1960s, it was seen as an attempt by the Centre to impose Hindi on non-Hindi speaking states. This eventually led to the Dravida-isation of politics in Tamil Nadu.

Actor-politician Kamal Haasan had lashed out at Amit Shah for his comments. He said that unity in diversity is a promise that everyone made when India became a republic. Now no Shah, Sultan or Samrat should renege on that promises.

On Monday, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said his government would not compromise on the importance of Kannada in the state. Apart from this, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was among the first to open up against Shah’s opinion. He bluntly claimed that the statement of ‘Hindi unifies our country’ is absurd.

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