Bhopal, Sep 15 (PTI) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that his government will set up a new museum in the memory of renowned Hindi poet Dushyant Kumar Tyagi.

A controversy had erupted recently when the Bhopal Municipal Corporation announced a plan to demolish buildings in TT Nagar, one of which houses a museum of memorabilia related to Tyagi, as part of the Smart City project.

“Dushyant Kumar was the first writer of Hindi ghazals.

The state government will build a museum in his memory,” Chouhan said at a function to mark Hindi Diwas here yesterday.

He also announced that his government was planning to take legal steps to ensure that shops in the state have Hindi signboards.

“Legal measures will be taken to make Hindi names on shops and information plaques mandatory. A campaign will have to be launched with the society’s support to apprise new generation of the power, capability and potential of Hindi,” Chouhan added.

He also announced that private universities would be directed to set up Hindi departments.

“Speaking in English and ignoring Hindi is a sign of mental slavery. There is a need to increase the acceptance of Hindi,” he added.

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