“Now, no Shah, Sultan or Samrat should go back on their promise. We respect all languages but our mother language will always be Tamil,” said Kamal Haasan.
Chennai: The anti-Hindi stir in Tamil Nadu doesn’t seem to end soon. In the latest remark against Hindi, Kamal Haasan said that the language is a ”little child in diapers”. His comments referred to Hindi being the youngest among the family of languages in India.
Kamal Haasan said, “Hindi is a little child in diapers. Compared to Tamil, Sanskrit, and Telugu, Hindi is still a young language.” He further clarified that he is not saying it with a derision rather he is saying it with compassion. He added that we have to take care of the languages but it should not be “imposed or stuffed down our necks.” He was speaking at an event in Chennai.
Now you are constrained to prove to us that India will continue to be a free country.
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— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) September 16, 2019
Haasan had earlier this month that any imposition of Hindi will lead to a battle that will be “exponentially bigger” than the ”jallikattu” protest. The comment came as a rebuttal to Union Home Minister’s call for “unifying India” with the country’s most widely-spoken language, Hindi.
“We have said it before and we will say it again, the Tamil language is our pride and we will fight for it,” Kamal Haasan had said in his video.
“The DMK has been pressing for making all the 22 languages in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution the official languages of the country,”.Tamil, the ancient among the languages, should be an official language of the country.”
Haasan said that Tamil was already an official language in a few countries but not in India, which is its birthplace.
The prime minister had echoed Tamil poet and philosopher Kaniyan Poongundranar in his speech at the United Nations General Assembly last week. On September 22 at the Howdy Modi event, the prime minister had highlighted that India had progressed for centuries “with the coexistence of several languages”.
A few days back on the occasion of Hindi divas union Home Minister Amit Shah had said Hindi is the only language in India that could unite the country. After several political leaders, especially from south India protested against his remark.