While the controversy over Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s remarks declined to die down, BJP leader Pon Radhakrishnan has advocated for acceptance of ‘Tamil’ as the national language.
Mr. Radhakrishnan was quoted saying, “My wish as a Tamilian is that we develop our language. If we improve the status of our language and if it is spread across all states, then Tamil can also become a national language.”
The former Union Minister continued that “at the same time, we have to accept one language for communication only.”
Mr. Shah had prompted a political row when he has said that it is significant for the nation to have one language reflecting its identity and only “Hindi” could unite the nation.
Mr. Shah’s remarks drew sharp reactions from the opposition, mainly from the Southern States.
Later, the Union Home Minister has issued a clarification saying that he had only requested people to learn “Hindi” as their second language and didn’t mean impose it over any regional language.
On September 20, the Dravida Munnetra Kazagham (DMK) has planned to introduce a protest against the Home Minister’s remarks. However, the opposition party has delayed the agitation after Mr. Shah has issued a clarification.