- Kamal Haasan said- In 1950, the countrymen were promised that their language and culture would be protected.
- Stalin said- there will be agitation in all the districts of Tamil Nadu at 10 am on September 20
Chennai: Many leaders are opposing the appeal of Union Home Minister Amit Shah to make Hindi the national language. Kamal Haasan, who came into politics from films, said on Monday that in 1950 the countrymen were promised that their language and culture would be protected. No Shah, Emperor or Sultan can abruptly end this promise. Meanwhile, DMK Chief MK Stalin said that demonstrations will be held in all districts of Tamil Nadu from September 20. At the same time, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted that linguistic diversity is not a weakness of India.
Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) leader Haasan also released a video about it. He is standing next to the Ashoka Pillar and Preface, saying that there will be another movement on language, which will be much bigger than the Jallikattu protests in Tamil Nadu. We respect all languages, but Tamil will always be our mother tongue.
Agitation the first phase of protest: A high-level Dravida Munnetra Kazagham meet on Monday announced protest demonstrations across Tamil Nadu on September 20. The agitation was to nip in the bud the “adverse effects” of “Hindi imposition on “mother Tamil” and the mother tongues of people of other (non-Hindi speaking) states,” a resolution adopted at the meeting said.
Briefing reporters, DMK chief M K Stalin said the agitation was the first phase of protest on Hindi issue and the further course of action will be decided on the basis of Central government’s response and consultations with like-minded parties.
Congress said- it should not be used only for votes: Rahul Gandhi also listed 23 languages by tweeting. He said linguistic diversity is not India’s weakness. At the same time, Congress leader Rajiv Shukla said on Monday that Hindi is the official language of the country. We want it to develop, but regional languages should also be encouraged. There should not bediscrimination about language. Development of Hindi is going on, this is what we all want. But it is not appropriate to use it only for votes by putting pressure.