With a few days to the Hindi Diwas on September 14, social media is abuzz with hashtags against the official government celebration.
Social media users are using hashtags like We Don't Want Hindi Divas' and We Want Bharat Bhasha Divasa' saying they will not accept the imposition of Hindi.
The central government's plan to celebrate Hindi Diwas on September 14 has not gone well with residents of Karnataka and other non-Hindi speaking states. What started as a movement has now become a topic of hot discussion with both Twitter and Facebook abuzz with discussions.
Kannada Ranadheera Pade has announced that Hindi Diwas will be observed as a Black Day in Karnataka and a rally will be taken out from Town Hall to Freedom Park to stage a protest.
Campaign supporter Arun Javagal, a member of Banavasi Balaga, told India Today TV that they are not against Hindi Diwas but want all regional languages to be celebrated in the same way by the Centre. From banks to railways, all entrance examinations are given in Hindi or English. It is a clear case of favouritism for Hindi. Our regional languages have been neglected, he added.
Twitter user Arun (@ajavgal) said, Why only Hindi? Even we Kannadigas also pay tax, amend this and promote all languages equally.
Branding expert Harish Bijoor tells India Today TV that in a city like Bengaluru, there should be a celebration for multiple languages such as Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Konkani, Malayalam and Urdu along with Hindi since all these languages. He believes that India is a nation of multiple languages and diversity is important. When you celebrate all, you unite all, when you celebrate one, you divide all, he added.