Kamal Haasan: No Shah, Sultan or Samrat must renege on promise

Published: Sep 17, 2019, 10:09 IST | Agencies | Chennai

The "No Shah or Sultan or Samrat" remarks was an obvious reference to Union Home Minister Amit Shah's pitch for Hindi as the nation's common language

Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan

Chennai: Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) founder Kamal Haasan on Monday opposed any attempts to "impose" Hindi saying unity in diversity was a promise made to the country decades back which "no Shah, Sultan or Samrat must renege on." "The unity in diversity is a promise that we made when we made India into a Republic. Now, no Shah, Sultan or Samrat must renege on that promise. We respect all languages, but our mother language will always be Tamil," he said in a video.

The "No Shah or Sultan or Samrat" remarks was an obvious reference to Union Home Minister Amit Shah's pitch for Hindi as the nation's common language, which drew sharp responses from many opposition leaders including DMK President MK Stalin and former Karnataka chief minister and Congress leader Siddaramiah. The DMK on Monday announced demonstrations across Tamil Nadu on September 20 against Shah's pitch for Hindi.

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Haasan, referring to the 2017 pro-jallikattu protests here, said, "it was just a protest, the battle for our language will be exponentially bigger than that. India or Tamil Nadu "does not need or deserve such a battle."

"India is an excellent feast. Let us consume it together. If one thinks of shoving (food–Hindi in this context), it would lead to nausea please don't do that," Haasan said in the Tamil version of the video.

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