Why resisting Hindi is no longer enough10 min read . Updated: 23 Sep 2019, 03:40 PM IST
- The linguistic state project was about plurality, not merely language. Does the south still remember?
- When Gandhi, Patel and Nehru thought of linguistic territories, their intent was to first unite India and then flourish as a federation of autonomous cultures
Bengaluru: Seconds before wrapping up his now controversial comment on Hindi, on 14 September, home minister Amit Shah caveated it. He said many languages and dialects of this country are “not a burden as perceived by many", but are in fact its biggest strength. However, he reasoned, there was a necessity to have one language to ensure that “no other foreign language makes a place for itself" on our soil. It is with this intent that our nation-builders picked Hindi as the official language, he deduced. (Prime Minister Narendra Modi too brought up the language debate in his Houston speech on Sunday, hoping to end the agitations by saying “all is well" in eight languages.)
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