Need to boost Hindi to strengthen democracy: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said efforts were being made to create politics between Hindi and indigenous languages, and linked India’s prosperity to the prosperity of all non-foreign languages.

Addressing the Akhil Bharatiya Rajbhasha Sammelan in Varanasi, Shah said, “Efforts are being made to create politics between Hindi and ‘sthaniya bhashayein’ (indigenous languages). I am also not Hindi ‘bhashi’ (Hindi speaking). I come from Gujarat and my mother tongue is Gujarati. I have no hesitation in speaking Gujarati. But I love Hindi equal to and even more than Gujarati.”

“Hindi is a friend (sakhee) of all indigenous languages. India’s prosperity lies in the prosperity of our Indian languages,” he said.

On the final day of his two-day state visit, the home minister urged people to make indigenous languages and Hindi “so strong that we do not need to take the help of a foreign language” by 2047.

He said a sense of inferiority complex was instilled in the minds of some children who could not speak English.

Shah said it is his firm belief that the time was not far when those who cannot speak their mother tongue would feel inferiority complex.

He said once the people of the country decide and its languages become the language of governance, India will automatically get back the knowledge trove of Maharishi Patanjali and Panini.

Shah said that no files in the Home Ministry were being written and read in English. “We have completely adopted ‘Raj Bhasha’ (official language) and other departments too are heading in this direction.”

Shah’s tour concluded with the inauguration of the Sansad Khel Mahakumbh in Basti district where he praised Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for crackdown on criminal elements, and freeing Purvanchal from the mafia and the state of riots. Shah appealed the gathering to re-elect the BJP in the 2022 Assembly polls.

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