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Use of Hindi to be promoted in all departments: Centre

MoS Kiren Rijiju said that promotion of Hindi language should not be seen as 'undermining' other languages.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published: June 19, 2014 4:00 pm
kiran-m Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju. (Source: PTI)

As DMK attacked the Centre over “imposition” of Hindi language, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Thursday said the new government will promote use of Hindi in all departments and public life.

He also said that promotion of Hindi language should not be seen as “undermining” other languages.

“I have taken a decision that we will give priority to the promotion of Hindi in all communications in various departments and public life because it is our official language,” Rijiju told reporters here.

Asserting that the Centre will give due importance to all languages, he said, “We have to progress with our identity, culture, language and diversity. We have to move together. So, promotion of Hindi language should not be seen as undermining other languages.”

Since Hindi is the national language, the government  should promote it, he said, adding, “It does not mean that we are going to discourage the use of regional languages.”

Earlier during the day, DMK chief M Karunanidhi opposed the NDA government’s reported directive to officials to give priority to the language in social media.

Dubbing it as beginning of “imposition of Hindi”, he said, “Giving priority to Hindi will be construed as a first step towards attempt at creating differences among non-Hindi speaking people and making them second class citizens.”

DMK had spearheaded the anti-Hindi agitation in the 1960s in the state.

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  1. Ashok Sridharan
    Jun 19, 2014 at 11:13 am
    Anti-brahminism and anti-Hindi agitation, the two planks on which the DMK built its por base in the 60s are now irrelevant. It says something about the state of the party today that Mr. Karunanidhi is playing up a non-existent issue to grab public support.
    1. S
      Jun 19, 2014 at 8:08 pm
      All this is because Modi and most of central ministers cannot speak English.
      1. A
        Jun 19, 2014 at 10:57 am
        There is nothing in the consution advocating the use of Hindi as a official language.It has a list of languages out of which Hindi is one.
        1. I
          Jun 20, 2014 at 6:01 pm
          As a matter of pride of our national language ,Why not make hindi as medium of teaching in reputed insutes like IITs,IIMS,NITS ?Why not all citizens of india and their kids study in hindi medium school instead of convent schools?That will make big change in uniting India.
          1. K
            Karan Joseph
            Jun 19, 2014 at 11:43 pm
            I think BJP should not be allowed to divide the country. If Modi is bent upon doing this he will be shown the door soon.
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