‘Hindi language’ led to a war of words between Union Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi with the former accusing the latter of a phobia on every word that starts with ‘Hind’.
‘Owaisi saab should stop his obsession with looking for religion in a debate on language’, Mr. Reddy said in response to a tweet of Mr. Owaisi who said that Hindi was not every Indian’s mother tongue and Article 29 gives every Indian the right to a distinct language, script and culture.
Mr. Owaisi’s tweet was in response to Home Minister Amit Shah’s call for ‘One Nation One Language’.
He said India was much bigger than Hindi, Hindu and Hindutva. He also asked the Home Minister to try appreciating the diversity and beauty of the many mother tongues that dotted this land.
Mr. Kishan Reddy joined the tweet war with a bit sarcasm on Mr. Owaisi saying he was “glad that Asad saab realised India was bigger than anything. Hindi can be a unifying language even without being everyone’s mother tongue. Both are distinct yet possible”.