Criticising the Centre for its attempt to impose Hindi on non-Hindi speaking states, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP Tathagata Satpathy on Sunday questioned if it was to be considered 'an attack' on other languages.
Satpathy attacked the Centre in view of a ‘Hindi’ invitation sent by Union Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on August 11 for a government program.
He attached the invitation in a tweet and said "Why are Union Ministers forcing Hindi on non Hindi speaking Indians? Is this an attack on other languages?"
Why are Union Ministers forcing Hindi on non Hindi speaking Indians? Is this an attack on other languages? -TS pic.twitter.com/QkcMwKXV1J— Office of T Satpathy (@SatpathyLive) August 18, 2017
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on July 28 wrote to Urban Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar over Hindi signages in Namma Metro. Siddaramaiah had suggested to remove the Hindi signboards in the metro.
"Request government of India to acknowledge cultural aspirations of people of Karnataka and practical utility of Kannada and English for signages in Namma Metro," Siddaramaiah had said.