Rajinikanth gave this statement on the controversy over Hindi
Rajinikanth gave this statement on the controversy over Hindi

Chennai: On the occasion of Hindi Diwas, after the statement made by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, politics in South is heated up. Many organizations also demonstrated against Shah's statement. Leading political leaders of the south have warned the Center for imposing Hindi as the national language. South superstar and now politically active Kamal Haasan also reacted sharply to the issue. He criticized the central government and said that they cannot impose Hindi on non-Hindi speaking states. In this episode, another south superstar Rajinikanth has also released his statement on this issue. He also opposed this and said that "The Hindi language should not be imposed".

The Tamil superstar said that Hindi should not be imposed in any state of South India, not just Tamil Nadu. He warned that if this was done, all the states of South India would oppose it. On the occasion of Hindi Diwas, Home Minister Amit Shah advocated one country, one language and spoke of making Hindi a national language. It may be noted that earlier Makkal Needhi Mayyam (MNM) founder and veteran actor Kamal Haasan had opposed any attempt to impose Hindi, saying that it was a promise made to the country decades ago, which was given by a Shah, and the leaders should not break it.

He said in a video that there is a promise of unity in diversity which we made when we made India a republic. Now, that promise should not be broken by any Shah, Sultan or Emperor. We respect all languages, but our mother tongue will always be Tamil. The Shah or the Sultan or the Emperor comment clearly pointed to Union Home Minister Amit Shah. There is a history of anti-Hindi in the south especially in Tamil Nadu.

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