Amid an enormous backlash over his feedback on Hindi as a “unifying language”, House Minister Amit Shah stated immediately that he had by no means requested for the imposition of Hindi over regional languages and added, “If some people want to do politics, it is their choice.”
Amit Shah’s remark earlier this week on Hindi changing into a unifying language for all Indians was learned by many as a precursor to the federal government’s bid to impose Hindi on non-Hindi talking states, reviving a decades-old debate.
“I never asked for imposing Hindi over other regional languages and had only requested for learning Hindi as the second language after one’s mother tongue. I myself come from a non-Hindi state of Gujarat. If some people want to do politics, it’s their choice,” Amit Shah stated immediately.
On Saturday, the House Minister had tweeted:” India is a country of many different languages and each language has its own significance, but it is necessary to have a common language that becomes the mark of India’s identity globally… Today, if there is one language that has the ability to string the nation together in unity, it is the Hindi language which is the most widely spoken and understood language in India.”