Amid the ‘one nation, one language’ debate sparked off by Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s call for Hindi to be India’s identity, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa confronted the words of the Union Home Minister.
The official Twitter handle of Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa's office on Monday posted, "All official languages in our country are equal. However, as far as Karnataka is concerned, Kannada is the principal language." Yediyurappa added, "We will never compromise its importance and are committed to promoting Kannada and our state's culture
This comes after Home Minister Amit Shah's tweet that Hindi was the only language that can unite the country. Minister for Kannada & Culture CT Ravi pointed out that the BJP’s ideological parent the RSS has extolled the mother tongue. “The RSS has also said that mother tongue should be used in education as well,” Ravi said, suggesting that he was not fully in line with the ‘one nation, one language’ call.