Sonu Nigam is the latest one to join the bandwagon in reacting to Ajay Devgn’s comment about Hindi being the national language of India.
The Hindi debate
Actor Ajay Devgn prompted a debate after reacting to actor Kiccha Sudeep’s statement about Hindi no longer being ‘a national language’. Many actors and filmmakers including Manoj Bajpayee, Ram Gopal Varma, and Sonu Sood joined the debate. National Award-winning singer Sonu Nigam is the latest film industry personality to give his word on the issue.
At a recent event, Sonu Nigam said, “Nowhere in the constitution it is written that Hindi is our national language. It might be the most spoken language, but not the national language. In fact, Tamil is the oldest language. There is a debate between Sanskrit and Tamil. But, people say Tamil is the oldest language in the entire world.”
The legendary singer pointed out that there are enough issues that need to be resolved with other nations and it is useless to create a new problem within the country. He asked, “Aren’t we facing enough issues with other countries that we are starting one within our own? Why is this discussion even happening?”
‘Nobody should be told what to speak’
The 48-year-old claimed that nobody should be told what language to speak. “Punjabis can speak in Punjabi, Tamilians can talk in Tamil and if they are comfortable they can talk in English. All our court judgments are given in English, what is this ‘humein Hindi bolna chahiye’”.
In Sonu Nigam‘s opinion, English has become a part of our culture. He finished his statement by saying, “Let’s not divide further in our country, already there is so much going on.”
Perfect response to Ajay Devgn by Sonu Nigam: Let's not divide people further in this country, where is it written that Hindi is our national language? 👏 pic.twitter.com/hC9nHbXJHy
— Sushant Mehta (@SushantNMehta) May 2, 2022
A few days back, Ajay Devgn wrote a tweet in Hindi and asked that if Hindi is not our national language, why does Kiccha Sudeep release his films dubbed in Hindi. His tweet read, “@KicchaSudeep, brother, if Hindi is not our national language according to you, then why do you release films made in your mother tongue dubbed in Hindi? Hindi is our mother tongue and our national language, and it will always be. Jana Gana Mana.”
Sudeep replied that his words had been misunderstood, and asked, “And sir, I did understand the text you sent in Hindi. That’s only because we all have respected, loved, and learned Hindi. No offense sir, but was wondering what’d the situation be if my response was typed in Kannada!! Don’t we too belong to India, sir?” His initial comments had been made in response to a series of South Indian films exceeding Hindi films at the box office.