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Subramanian Swamy attacks 'moron' Kamal Haasan amid Hindi imposition row

DMK treasurer MK Stalin DMK treasurer MK Stalin
Patty Aguilar | 17 September, 2019, 13:08

"India or Thamizh Nadu does not need or deserve such a battle".

Ever since BJP leader Amit Shah had announced that Hindi will be the language that will unite the nation, there has been criticism against his statement from non Hindi speaking states, and Tamil Nadu has been no exception. What about their imposition that no Hindi will be taught in TN?

Asserting that Shah's message was for having Hindi as a common language among the people whose mother tongue is other than Hindi, Madhusudana said the message was to have a language spoken by the majority as a means of communication than imposing it or substituting it for one's own language. "However, as far as Karnataka is concerned, Kannada is the principal language. We will never compromise its importance and are committed to promote Kannada and our state's culture", tweeted Yediyurappa- one of the tallest leaders of BJP in south India.

In the video, Haasan notes, "Unity in diversity is a promise we made when we made India into a republic. We respect all languages, but our mother language will always be Tamil", he said in a video.

DMK president M.K. Stalin accused the Centre of "autocratic imposition of Hindi", calling for unity among Opposition parties on the issue. The reference to Shah appears to be aimed at Amit Shah.

Haasan added, "Jallikattu was just a protest". Shockingly, Swamy referred to Haasan as "moron".

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Among the signatories are poet Subodh Sarkar, poet- columnist Binayak Bandyopadhyay, elocutionists Urmimala Basu and Jagannath Basu and independent filmmaker Pradipta Bhattacharya.

MK Stalin, DMK chief and Leader of the Opposition in Tamil Nadu, was equally assertive that Hindi could not be imposed on southern states.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said that people should respect all languages and cultures but not at the cost of their mother tongue. "We may learn many languages but we should never forget our mother-language".

The Congress had on September 14 said the three-language formula should not be tinkered with and controversies must not be stirred up on "emotive" issues settled by Constitution-makers.

"Meanwhile, CPI leader and Rajya Sabha MP Binoy Viswam wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi criticising Shah's statement". On the show tonight, the battle for language: Can Hindi be a true unifier as the Home Minister suggests or is this linguistic imperialism as has been alleged?

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