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Promoting Hindi above other languages would destroy integrity of India: Kerala CM to PM Modi

Thiruvananthapuram: In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kerala’s Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that efforts to impose Hindi language are “unacceptable.”

Vijayan further informed Prime Minister about Kerala’s stand in the wake of reports on the recommendation of the official language committee of the Parliament to make the medium of examinations conducted for central services in Hindi and to make Hindi a compulsory language of study in educational institutions including IITs and IIMs.

“The essence of India is defined by the concept of ‘unity in diversity’ which acknowledges cultural and linguistic diversity. Acknowledging this, it is brotherhood, tolerance and mutual respect between different people that sustains our country. The Chief Minister said that promoting any one language above others would destroy this integrity,” said Vijayan.

In terms of education, Kerala CM said the Union government has to accept the characteristics of states. He said making employment exams in Hindi will result in the denial of employment to a large percentage of youth in the country. Moreover, the imposition of Hindi is against the principle of cooperative federalism, he said.

The Chief Minister demanded that the central government should withdraw from the efforts of imposing the Hindi language.

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