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We don’t intend to impose Hindi, says Kiren Rijiju

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New Delhi: DMK leader alleged BJP-led Government for trying to make Hindia out of India. M K Stalin accused BJP of imposing Hindi on the non-Hindi speaker of India, breaching the constitutional rights of practising one’s own culture and propagating it.

According to a news published by Indian Express, the Union Ministers Venkaiya Naidu and Kiren Rijiju, rejected such allegations on Monday. “We are not imposing Hindi, but promoting Hindi like any other language,” said Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, who is also the in charge of the Department of Official Language.

Committee of Parliament proposed to the President Pranab Mukherjee, that all official dignitaries including the president, those who know Hindi should give their statements only in Hindi. Due to which a controversy came into existence when the proposal got accepted.

It further said that the announcements at airports should also be in Hindi followed by English.

Naidu said that the suggestion of the Parliamentary committee was “only recommendatory” and not “mandatory”. Which was first recommended in 2011.

“It is totally false and mischievous to allege that an ordinance was passed in this regard,” he added.
Replying Stalin for his ‘Hindia’ comment, Naidu said: “It may be recalled that DMK was a member of the UPA government in 2011 when this recommendation was made.”

“I was pained to read in a section of the press today news reports wherein DMK leader M K Stalin has been quoted alleging imposition of Hindi by the central government,” Naidu stated.