Former Karnataka CM and JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy has written to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai requesting him not to celebrate ‘Hindi Divas’. He said if ‘Hindi Divas’ was celebrated in the state, it would be disrespectful to the Kannada people. The JD(S) leader has urged the Karnataka Chief Minister not to celebrate ‘Hindi Divas’ by using taxpayers’ money. The former chief minister said that forcibly celebrating Hindi Diwas on September 14 would be “injustice” to the people of Karnataka.
In his letter, Kumaraswamy said, “Forcibly celebrating Hindi Divas program sponsored by the central government on September 14 in Karnataka, by the state government, would be an injustice to Kannada. Hindi Divas should be celebrated by using
He wrote in his letter, “Thousands of languages and dialects, more than 560 princely states, and diverse social and cultural practices make India a “great union”. In such a land, it is an injustice to celebrate a particular language….” Earlier, Kumaraswamy had opposed the Hindi Divas celebrations, saying it had no meaning for those whose mother tongue is not Hindi, and demanded its end. Last year there were massive social media protests by pro-Kannada organizations for Hindi Divas, calling it “Hindi imposition”.
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