Don't know Hindi: BJD leader replies in Odia to Hindi letter written by Union Minister
Restarting the debate on imposition of Hindi on non-native speakers, Lok Sabha MP Tathagata Satpathy wrote a letter in Odia in response to Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar's letter in Hindi.
According to a report in Hindustan Times, Tomar wrote to Satpathy in Hindi on 11 August, inviting him to attend a district-level event on the 'India 2022' vision.
Satpathy took to twitter and re-ignited the long-standing debate on 'if Hindi should be imposed on other non-Hindi speaking communities'.
The BJD leader had tweeted,'' "Why are Union Ministers forcing Hindi on non Hindi speaking Indians? Is this an attack on other languages."
The controversy over Hindi being imposed was generated after former president Pranab Mukherjee accepted the recommendation of the Committee of Parliament on Official Language, that all dignitaries including the president and ministers, especially those who can read and speak Hindi, may be requested to give their speech/statement in Hindi only.