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Minister Narendra Singh Tomar Writes Hindi Letter, BJD MP Tathagat Satpathy Retorts in Odia

5:45 pm 21 Aug, 2017

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In what seems to be taking the imposition of Hindi as the national language of India to the next level, BJD MP from Dhenkanal in Odisha, Tathagata Satpathy, replied in Odia to a letter written by Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.

Tathagata Satpathy Odisha Sun Times

 

Further fueling the debate, the MP from Odisha took to his official Twitter account to articulate his disgust at the supposed imposition of Hindi by certain ministers:

Why are Union Ministers forcing Hindi on non-Hindi speaking Indians? Is this an attack on other languages?

The tweet further contained the photo of the letter written by the minister on August 11.

The letter, written by the minister of rural development and panchayati raj, Narendra Singh Tomar, was an invitation to the lawmaker to zila and panchayat-level meetings organized to work on Modi’s ‘New India by 2022’ vision.

However, unable to comprehend the minister’s Hindi letter, the BJD MP lashed out at the center for “forcing Hindi on non-Hindi speaking Indians” and penned a reply immediately in his mother tongue, Odia.

The Bharatiya Janta Dal MP further shared his letter on Twitter and suggested the Center hire one person from each state to help communicate the regional languages, 23 of which are regarded by the Constitution of India as the country’s official languages.

Although the account from which the tweets were made is not a verified one, Satpathy later confirmed the account being his own.

Clarifying further that he is not against any particular language, Satpathy said:

We are not against any language. Odias are intelligent people. We learnt Hindi and were told it would be beneficial for the people. And now we realise that those who have learnt other languages have progressed more.

This language controversy was witnessed a couple of months earlier in Congress-ruled Bengaluru, where its newly installed metro trains carried signboards written in Hindi. Those were, however, removed at the earliest.

 

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