Chennai, September 18: The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has postponed its state-wide protest against alleged imposition of Hindi by the Centre. The protest was scheduled to take place on September 20 at 10 am. DMK President MK Stalin, however, reiterated his party’s stand of opposing the imposition of Hindi in Tamil Nadu. Rajinikanth Retorts Amit Shah on 'One Nation, One Language' Push, Says 'Hindi or Any Language Shouldn't Be Imposed'.
Speaking to reporters, Stalin said, “Our statewide protest against the imposition of Hindi has been postponed after Union Minister Amit Shah has given his clarification on the matter. DMK we will continue to oppose Hindi imposition.” Earlier, Stalin had warned the Centre of dire consequences if Hindi is forcefully imposed on the residents of his state. BS Yediyurappa Disagrees With Amit Shah's Hindi Language Remark, Says 'We Will Never Compromise Kannada Importance'.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s statement on Hindi Diwas on September 13 drew flak from the non-Hindi speaking states of South India. Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa also disagreed with Shah’s statement of making Hindi the national language. He said that his government would never compromise its importance and are committed to promoting Kannada in the state. Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan and superstar Rajinikanth also opposed to Shah’s statement.
Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday in a tweet schooled the Central government over making Hindi as the national language. Gandhi mentioned that India's diversity is not its weakness, but its strength. In the tweet, he also mentioned the name of 23 languages spoken in the country.