Home Minister Rajnath Singh Wednesday said that some vested interests were trying to create a rift in different parts of the country in the name of language. Speaking at a function on the occasion of Hindi Diwas, he added that no other language spoken in India was “lesser than Hindi”.
“Some people are trying to create a rift in different parts of the country in the name of language. We have to be alert,” said Singh. Stating that Hindi was among the five most spoken languages in the world, the Home Minister said that accepting Hindi as national language did not amount to belittling other languages.
“In ancient times, there were two types of languages — the Devbhasha, which was Sanskrit, and the common language that was Prakrit. Like other languages spoken today, Hindi was derived from Prakrit, and this Hindi has been accepted by us as our national language. But that never means that we consider any other languages spoken in India to be lesser than Hindi, and it should never be thought so,” Singh said.
“After Sanskrit, the oldest language in India is Tamil, though the one spoken by the highest number of people is Hindi,” Singh added.
Singh said it was non-Hindi speaking leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Syama Prasad Mookerjee who wanted Hindi to be declared a national language.
Addressing the function, President Pranab Mukherjee said Hindi has become an influential language globally, and hoped that Hindi and other Indian languages would be widely used in different spheres of life in the country. He said the significance of Hindi in all walks of life had increased manifold over the years and the language is now taught in many reputed university in different countries.
“I appeal to everyone to communicate and propagate Hindi more in their daily life,” he said.