Sonu Nigam recently weighed in on the ongoing National Language row and slammed Ajay Devgn’s debatable stance on Hindi India’s national language. It all started when Kannada actor Kichcha Sudeep made a controversial statement and claimed that Hindi is not India’s ‘national language’. To this Runway 34 actor said that Hindi is India’s national language and always will be.

This sparked a debate about the nature of national language, the importance of regional languages, and everything in between. Meanwhile, Padma Shri awardee Sonu Nigam recently weighed in on the matter at a public event and said, “Abhi tumhaare baaki deshon se pange kam hain jo tum apne desh mein kar rahe ho? (Aren’t we having enough issues with other countries already that we are starting one within our own?) Why is this discussion even happening?”, Nigam opined.

The National Award-winning singer asserted the importance of having freedom to speak in whichever language one may want to. “Punjabis can speak in Punjabi, Tamilians can talk in Tamil and if they are comfortable they can talk in English. All our court judgements are given in English, what is this ‘humein Hindi bolna chahiye’”, Nigam said.

The Facts of the Matter

There was once a time when Indians took pride in being secular. A time where the country took pride in housing hundreds of communities that speak in hundreds of languages that have several dialects. However, in the incredibly divisive and polarizing climate we are all living in, a new debate has sparked. A debate on India’s national language.

Sonu Nigam Weighs In on National Language Row

Recently, Sonu Nigam weighed in on the matter and appealed to influential leaders and celebrities to not divide the country any further than it already remains.

“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,” Nigam said, as quoted by Indian Express.

Sonu Nigam on The Importance of Having a Choice

Saying that one must have the choice to speak in whichever language they are comfortable in, Nigam said, “Punjabis can speak in Punjabi, Tamilians can talk in Tamil and if they are comfortable they can talk in English. All our court judgements are given in English, what is this ‘humein Hindi bolna chahiye’”.

He concluded, “Let’s not divide further in our country, already there is so much going on.”

Kichcha Sudeep, Ajay Devgn & Hindi Row

The national language row was triggered after Kannada actor Kichcha Sudeep said, “Hindi is no more our national language”. To this, Ajay Devgn said if Hindi is not India’s national language, where different movies made in different languages end up being dubbed in Hindi.

The banter between two actors sparked a debate among netizens and soon politicians too weighed in. Sanjay Nishad, chief of Nishad Party, Uttar Pradesh said people who don’t speak Hindi “should leave this country and go somewhere else.”

What Does Indian Constitution Say?

It should be noted that the Indian Constitution has no mention of Hindi being the country’s national language. The Constitution considers Hindi to be among the 22 languages according to Schedule eight. The other languages include, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Punjabi, Tamil, Marathi, etc.

 

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