There is no compromise with the importance of Kannada
Opponent voices are now being heard from within the BJP, amid the vocal voice of the opposition against the idea of one nation, one language. Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa has clearly said that he will promote and promote Kannada in Karnataka. He clearly stated that no compromise would be made on the importance of Kannada. For the first time on the sidelines of a group of opposition, a strong BJP leader also rejected Shah’s idea. Yeddyurappa tweeted, “All official languages are the same in our country.” However, as far as Karnataka is concerned, Kannada is the predominant language here. He further wrote, We will never compromise on its (Kannada) importance. We are determined to promote the culture of Kannada and our state.
Opposition’s strong response
On the occasion of Hindi Day, Home Minister Amit Shah advocated the promotion of Hindi as a language connecting the whole country. Many opposition leaders including Mamata Banerjee, Stalin, Asaduddin Owaisi, Kamal Haasan and Rahul Gandhi reacted sharply to his idea. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan claimed that keeping the country united with Hindi was ridiculous and said that the claim of the Home Minister is a war cry against the mother tongue of non-Hindi language people. He tweeted, “This (Hindi) is not the mother tongue of majority Indians.” To impose Hindi on them is like enslaving them. No Indian should feel isolated due to language. India’s strength lies in its ability to accept diversity.