Clearing air over ‘Hindi imposition’ row, Central government on Tuesday said that there is no drive to impose Hindi language on anyone and that recommendations should be seen as a request rather than orders or instructions, ANI reported. The statement comes two days after DMK working president MK Stalin had slammed the Narendra Modi government for ‘Hindi imposition’. Earlier, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu had also refuted the accusations, he had said “No question of imposing Hindi on anyone, learning Hindi is useful. People playing politics.”
Uploading a video on his Twitter account, MK Stalin had accused the government of violating the Constitutional rights of non-Hindi speaking citizens of the country. He said that the NDA Government was “attempting to destroy and decimate the unity of the nation.” Stalin went on to allege that central government had obtained permission from the President for use of Hindi in airport announcements, press news and advertisements and it has also made Hindi a compulsory subject for CBSE schools across the country. He also alleged Central government of naming all schemes only either in Hindi or Sanskrit, and then translating them to other languages.
Stalin also pointed out that recently, even the milestones on the National Highways were re-lettered in Hindi, after removing the earlier signage in English. “By forcing Hindi onto its citizens – from Primary school students to Parliament, the BJP government is betraying all non-Hindi speaking residents of the country including future generations,” he said. “As per schedule 8 of the Constitution, all languages including Tamil should be announced as official languages,” he also said. “Going a step further, has made Hindi a compulsory subject for CBSE schools across the country. PM Modi’s promotional campaigns are exclusively in the Hindi script even when the words pronounced are in different languages,” he further added.