[lg policy] India: Social Democratic Party of India condemns ‘one nation, one language’ policy

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Tue May 2 11:06:52 EDT 2017

 SDPI condemns ‘one nation, one language’ policy
RAMANATHAPURAM May 02, 2017 00:00 IST
Updated: May 02, 2017 04:23 IST

Flays Centre for “anti-people” measures

Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) has flayed the Sangh Parivar for
“attempting to promote one rashtra (nation), and one language policy” and
the BJP-led government at the Centre for “pursuing anti-people and
anti-farmer policies”.

Addressing a public meeting here on Sunday night as part of the party’s
nationwide campaign against “politics of terror pursued by the Sangh
Parivar”, Rafiq Ahmed, Social Democratic Party of India State
vice-president, said the Parivar’s attempt to promote one country, one
language, one culture and one religion would pose a serious threat to unity
in the country of plurality. India was a country of more than a billion
people, more than 100 languages and more than half a dozen religions, and
its strength lay in diversity and plurality, he said.

*President’s assent*

Referring to the assent given by President Pranab Mukherjee to the
recommendations of the Parliamentary Committee on Official Languages, he
said this was part of the conspiracy to introduce one language in the

When every transaction was made in Hindi in Parliament, the MPs from Tamil
Nadu and other non-Hindi States would sit as aliens in their own country,
he said.

Terming the attacks on Dalits for eating beef or slaughtering cows most
inhuman, he said it was unfortunate that the Sangh Parivar unleashed
attacks on the oppressed people who were also Hindus.

Farmers were discouraged from rearing cows as they could not sell them
after they became old, he said. The number of buffaloes was increasing in
States where the ban was in force, and cows constituted only 60% of the
cattle population.
But cows constituted 90% of the cattle population in States like Tamil Nadu
and Kerala, where there was no ban on cow slaughter, he said, citing the

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