Hindi is another Indian language and nothing more, the BJP leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister S M Krishna said on Tuesday.
Not knowing Hindi will not make you less Indian”, veteran politician and former External Affairs Minister, S M Krishna said as he expressed dismay over what DMK MP Kanimozhi faced at the Chennai airport.
“Let’s not equate Hindi with nationalism”, added the former Maharashtra Governor.
Kanimozhi had said she was asked whether or not she was an Indian after she told a CISF official at the airport to speak in Tamil or English as she did not understand Hindi.
Krishna said he was dismayed at the way Kanimozhi was treated at the airport.
Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna was born 1 May 1932 is an Indian politician who served as Minister of External Affairs of India from 2009 to October 2012.
He was the 16th Chief Minister of Karnataka from 1999 to 2004 and the 19th Governor of Maharashtra from 2004 to 2008.
SM Krishna had served as the Speaker of the Karnataka Vidhan Sabha from December 1989 to January 1993. He was also a member of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha at various times from 1971 to 2014.
After speculations on his joining the Bharatiya Janata Party, he formally joined the party in March 2017.