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In the wake of protests against his comments on Hindi becoming a unifying language, Union home minister Amit Shah on Wednesday clarified his remark, stating that he had never indicated that that Hindi be imposed over all regional languages.

Shah’s clarification came days after he made the remark at an event. “If some people want to do politics, it is their choice," he said on Wednesday.

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He added, “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," Amit Shah said.

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On Saturday, the Home Minister kicked up a nation-wide storm after tweeting on the sidelines of Hindi Diwas, “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."

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