Imphal: Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) on Sunday strongly spoke against the Centre’s proposal to impose Hindi language in the northeast states and said such move is a blatant attack on the rich culture of the region.

Reacting to Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s statement on April 7 that Hindi should be accepted as alternative to English and introduce Hindi as compulsory till Class 10 in the region, MPCC president K Meghachandra said the BJP’s move to impose Hindi is ‘cultural terrorism’ as imposition of Hindi will destroy the age-old culture, tradition and identity of the Manipuris.

He further asked why should Hindi language be imposed in the northeast region.

While addressing the press conference, the state Congress chief further stated that the attempt of the majority Hindu to annihilate tiny ethnic groups in its campaign to protect Hindi and Hindu religion is very unfortunate.

Imposition of Hindi at schools while other local languages are made alternative subjects will destroy the smaller ethnic communities in the region, he added.

The move will make meaningless the inclusion of Manipuri language in the 8th Schedule of Indian Constitution. There will be no need for pressing the Central government for inclusion of the Meitei Mayek script in the currency notes of the country if this is the case, he added.

Pledging that the party will fight tooth and nail, the Congress leader further sought support of the people in the fight against the forced imposition.

Shah’s remark on Hindi language at the recent 37th meeting of the Parliamentary Official Language Committee has received flak from various sections of society, including civil society and student bodies from the region.

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