By Muslim Mirror
Uttar Pradesh minister Sanjay Nishad said that those who do not love Hindi are ‘foreigners’ and those who do not speak Hindi should leave India and settle in some other country.
The Uttar Pradesh Fisheries Minister was responding to a media query on the language debate that stired following the Twitter exchange between Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn and Kannada actor Kiccha Sudeep.
Speaking to the media, Minister Sanjay Nishad said, “Those who want to live in India should love Hindi,” Nishad said. “If you do not love Hindi, it will be assumed that you are a foreigner or are linked to foreign powers.”
“This country is one, and India’s Constitution says that India is ‘Hindustan’ which means a place for Hindi speakers. Hindustan is not a place for those who don’t speak Hindi. They should leave this country and go somewhere else,” he added.
Sanjay is currently serving as the minister in the fisheries department of the Uttar Pradesh government and is the founder of the NISHAD (Nirbal Indian Shoshit Hamara Aam Dal) party, which is an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
The debate over Hindi began with Ajay Devgn’s tweet to Kannad actor Kiccha Sudeep over his remarks.
A few days ago, While promoting a Kannada movie, Sudeep pointed out that Hindi is not the country’s national language and that Bollywood was aiming to increase its footprint by dubbing movies in Telugu and Tamil.
“You said that a pan India film was made in Kannada. I’d like to make a small correction. Hindi is no more a national language. They (Bollywood) are doing pan-India films today. They are struggling (to find success) by dubbing in Telugu and Tamil, but it’s not happening. Today we are making films that are going everywhere,” Sudeep said.
As a response Devgn asked Sudeep why films made in South Indian languages were dubbed in Hindi. “Hindi is our mother tongue, and our national language, and it will always be. Jana Gana Mana,” the actor had tweeted.
While India does not have a national language, Hindi is considered as the official language of the country. English can also be used for official purposes.
Backing Sudeep, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said regional languages are important as the states are divided on linguistic basis.
Two former Karnataka Chief Ministers—Siddaramaiah and HD Kumaraswamy—defended Sudeep and lashed out at Devgn.
Earlier this month, Union Home Minister Amit Shah also triggered a debate after he suggested that people from different states should speak to each other in Hindi and that Hindi should be accepted as an alternative to English and not to local languages.