Amit Shah sparks controversy, says one India, one language

Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah today sparked a controversy when he stressed on the ability of the Hindi language to unite the country and said that it is necessary to have one language which could represent India in the world. On the occasion of Hindi Diwas, Amit Shah said that widely-spoken Hindi is the language which can keep India united. Amit Shah also appealed that Hindi be made the primary language, saying that it is necessary to have one to represent India.

India is a country of different languages and every language has its own importance but it is very important to have a language which should become the identity of India in the world. If one language can unite the country today, it is the widely-spoken Hindi language, Amit Shah tweeted.

In another tweet, the home minister also appealed the Indians to increase the usage of Hindi language to realise the dreams of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

Today, on the occasion of Hindi Day, I appeal to all the citizens of the country that we should increase the use of our mother tongue and also use the Hindi language as one language to realise the dreams of Bapu and iron man Sardar Patel. Happy Hindi Day, Amit Shah said.

At a time when there is anti Hindi protests are rampant in Tamilnadu and allegations are that Centre is trying to impose Hindi, Amit Shah's observations is sure to kick up controversy.