New Delhi, Sep 16 (IANS) Two days after Union Home Minister Amit Shah pitched for ‘one nation, one language’, and asked people to maximize the use of Hindi, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday slammed the move saying having many languages are not India’s “weakness”.
“Oriya, Marathi, Kannada, Hindi, Tamil, English, Gujarati, Bengali, Urdu, Punjabi, Konkani, Malayalam, Telugu, Assamese, Bodo, Dogri, Maithili, Nepali, Sanskrit, Kashmiri, Sindhi, Santhali, Manipuri… India’s many languages are not her weakness,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.
His remarks came amid the furore across the country over Shah’s remarks of ‘one nation, one language’.
Following the remarks of Shah, several groups and people in southern states staged protest and several opposition parties including the DMK and others slammed the BJP government.
After abrogating Article 370 of the Constitution from Jammu and Kashmir that gave special status to the erstwhile state, the BJP has banked on its promise of ‘one nation, one Constitution’.
The Congress has also criticized the Union Minister saying one should not stir up any controversies on a sensitive issue which has been settled with maturity by India’s constitution makers.