US Congressman Andy Levin has expressed his concern over anti-Hindu violence and retaliatory violence in Bangladesh and Tripura. He blames Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Tripura Police for terrorizing Muslims.
Irrespective of the party in office at the Centre, there has been no let up in the imposition of Hindi across the country
DMK Leader and MP Kanimozhi also said that the BJP government is trying to push Hindi in non-Hindi speaking states through the three-language formula introduced by the National Education Policy 2020.
Tamil Nadu CM E K Palaniswami has regretted that the NEP went ahead with the three-language policy even after states like Tamil Nadu had opposed it in the draft stage.
Both the Prime Minister and Home Minister are from non-Hindi speaking states. So it is a bit difficult for anti-Hindi parties to convince people that the NDA government is out to impose Hindi.
Home Minister Amit Shah said to end the confusion, people should listen to his speech carefully.
Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said while he supported the idea that all languages should be developed, he will never accept that Hindi can alone unite the country.
'We can neither openly vouch for nor oppose it (Shah's statement). If we support it then we will be branded anti-Bengalis and anti-Bengali language,' a BJP leader in West Bengal said.
The Karnataka Chief Minister said 'as far as Karnataka was concerned, Kannada was the principal language'.
In a video message posted on Twitter, Kamal Haasan warned the fight for Jallikattu -- the traditional sport involving bulls and humans -- was just a protest, but 'the battle for our language will be exponentially bigger than that'.
In a Facebook post, Vijayan said the country was already seeing a widespread protest against the imposition of a common language, adding the move was a sign of Sangh Parivar opening a new battlefield in the name of language.
Stressing on the need to learn Hindi, Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy said barring those who would not step outside West Bengal, everyone should learn Hindi, as this was the language the people of the country, except in Tamil Nadu, more or less understood.
The BJP’s anti-Englishism combined with its drive to privilege Hindi and the Hindi-speaking (people and regions) over other linguistic groups, has always aroused deep antagonisms in Tamil Nadu
The draft National Education Policy, 2019 available on the government website said the three-language formula will need to be implemented in its spirit throughout the country, promoting multilingual communicative abilities
"Let me remind you, our protests (anti-Hindi agitation) in 1965 had led to a regime change," he said, referring to the defeat of the Congress, which never returned to power in Tamil Nadu since then.
A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.PTI Photo
Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.PTI Photo
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The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
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