Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy on Monday urged the Karnataka government to not celebrate Hindi Diwas on September 14. The day is celebrated to mark the adoption of Hindi as the country’s official language by the Constituent Assembly in 1949.
In a letter to Karnataka Chief Minister Basavraj Bommai, Kumaraswamy on Monday wrote that “forcibly celebrating” Hindi Diwas on taxpayers’ money would amount to an injustice to the citizens of Karnataka.
ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಪಕ್ಷಗಳು ಹಿಂದಿನಿಂದಲೂ ಹಿಂದಿ ಭಾಷೆಯನ್ನು ದೇಶದ ಹಿಂದಿಯೇತರ ರಾಜ್ಯಗಳ ಮೇಲೆ ಹೇರಿಕೆ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಾ ಬಂದಿದೆ, ಈ ನಿಲುವನ್ನು ಪ್ರಾದೇಶಿಕ ಪಕ್ಷವಾದ ಜಾತ್ಯತೀತ ಜನತಾದಳ ಬಲವಾಗಿ ವಿರೋಧಿಸುತ್ತದೆ, ಬಲವಂತವಾಗಿ ಯಾವುದೇ ಒಂದು ಭಾಷೆಯನ್ನು ಹೇರಿಕೆ ಮಾಡುವುದು ಪ್ರಾದೇಶಿಕ ಅಸಮಾನತೆಯ ಸಂಕೇತ. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/X5g8MBkJXu
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He noted that there were thousands of languages and dialects, and diverse social and cultural practices in India which make the country a “great union”.
“In such a land, celebrating one particular language is injustice,” Kumaraswamy wrote in his letter.
On September 14 last year, several Kannada organisations had staged a protest in Bengaluru against alleged imposition of Hindi. They had demanded that the day be celebrated as Karnataka Regional Day, according to The News Minute.
Last year too, Kumaraswamy had opposed the celebration of Hindi Diwas, saying that it holds no meaning for those whose mother tongue is not Hindi.
However, on the same day, Union Home…