Pinarayi Vijayan Terms Amit Shah's Push For Hindi as 'War Cry' Against Non-Hindi Speakers
Amit Shah - Pinarayi Vijayan (Photo Credits: IANS/File)

Thiruvananthapuram, September 15: After Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, voices of protest over Home Minister Amit Shah’s comment on Hindi Diwas has started coming out from Kerala. On Sunday, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan lashed out at the Union Home Minister for claiming that Hindi has the potential of uniting the country. Vijayan called Shah’s statement absurd and termed it as Home Minister’s "war cry" against non-Hindi speaking population. Hindi Diwas 2019: MK Stalin Hits Out at Amit Shah on 'One Language' Comment, Demands Union Minister to Take Back His Remarks.

The Kerala CM said that an Indian should not feel alienated because of language. He further added that India’s strength is in its unity. Vijayan also accused the Rashtriya Sawyamsevak Sangh (RSS) of playing divisive politics. He tweeted, “No Indian should feel alienated because of language. India's strength is its ability to embrace diversity. Sangh Parivar must relinquish divisive policies. They must realise that people can see through the ploy; that this is an attempt to divert attention from the real problems.” Hindi Diwas 2019: Twitterati Extends Greetings With Hindi Divas Quotes & Messages to Honour the National Day.

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In another tweet, the Kerala CM said that the that Hindi unifies our country is absurd as it is not the mother tongue of a majority of Indians. He tweeted, “The claim that Hindi unifies our country is absurd. That language is not the mother tongue of a majority of Indians. The move to inflict Hindi upon them amounts to enslaving them. Union Minister's statement is a war cry against the mother tongues of non-Hindi speaking people.”

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On Saturday, Shah appealed to increase the use of Hindi and claimed that the language has the potential to unite the country. His statement sparked off a controversy, and political parties of south India criticised Shah. DMK Chief MK Stalin slammed the Minister for hurting the sentiments of non-Hindu speaking people. He even sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi to clarify on Home Minister's statement.