New Delhi: Veteran actor Rajinikanth on Wednesday reacted to Union Home Minister Amit Shah's recent pitch for Hindi as a common language by saying that "not just Tamil Nadu but none of the southern states will accept imposition of Hindi".
On Saturday, Shah had pitched for a common language for the country and said it is Hindi which is spoken the most and that it can unite the whole nation and drew sharp reactions from various south Indian leaders.
"India has many languages and every language has its importance. But it is absolutely necessary that the entire country should have one language that becomes India's identity globally," he had said.
"Hindi shouldn't be imposed. Not only Hindi, no language should be imposed. If there's a common language it's good for country's unity and progress but forcing a language isn't acceptable," said the actor, who has announced that he will enter politics ahead of the next Assembly polls (2021).
Minutes after his statement, #RajiniOpposesHindiImposition started trending on Twitter with the stylish actor's fans lauding his stand.
Only a month ago, the actor was subjected to criticism for lauding the central government's "master strategy" regarding abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution in Jammu and Kashmir.
Rajinikanth defended his stand lauding Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah as Lord Krishna and Arjuna.
The praise was for the diplomatic way the two handled scrapping of Article 370 that gave special status for Jammu and Kashmir, he said.
Early last year the actor drew flak for telling students to speak in English in order to do well in their career.
Rajinikanth urged the students to speak in English among themselves so that their language skill improves.
He said Tamils should move outside the state and the country and grow in their career if they knew English.
He added that after studying in Tamil medium till Class 12, students find it difficult to cope with their subjects in college as they are in English.