The cordial conversation between Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn and Kannada actor Kitcha Sudeep took a political turn with Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bhumai and Siddharamaya and former CM HD Coomaraswamy joining the discussion and insisting that Hindi is like any other language in India and not the national language.
Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai has come out in support of Kichcha Sudeep after the latter’s comment that Hindi is no longer the national language of India.
“Hindi has never been and never will be our national language. It is the duty of every Indian to respect the linguistic diversity of our country. Each language has a rich history of which its people are proud. I am proud to be a Kanadega!!” tweeted Sidaramaya, a congressional champion.
Coomaraswamy, JD(S)’s second-in-command, also aired a similar view of Siddaramaiah and supported Sudeep.
“Actor KicchaSudeep says Hindi is not a national language is correct. There is nothing to find fault with his statement. Actor ajaydevgn is not only hyper in nature but also shows his funny behavior.” According to him, Hindi is also one of the languages like Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Marathi.
In his Thursday series of tweets on the issue, he added: “India is a multilingual garden. A multicultural land. Let there be attempts to disrupt that.”
Just because a large number of the population speaks Hindi, Coomaraswamy said, it does not become a national language, adding that fewer than nine states, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, have Hindi as a second or third language or do not even use it.
“This situation, what is the truth in Ajay Devgn’s statement? What do you mean by not dubbing?” Coomaraswamy sought to find out.
According to him, from the very beginning, the “Indian” political parties in the center were making efforts to destroy regional languages. He said the Congress had begun to “repress” regional languages, and the BJP was continuing to do so.
Meanwhile, Ram Gopal Varma was not a fan of Ajay Devgn and Kecha Sudeep’s war on Twitter. From Sudeep’s perspective, Ram Gopal Varma wrote on Twitter late Wednesday, “The basic and undeniable fact @KicchaSudeep sir, is that the stars of the North are insecure and jealous of the stars of the South because Kannada’s dubbing movie #KGF2 had an opening day of Rs 50 crore and We will all witness the upcoming opening days of Indian films.”
Similarly, Sonu Sood, who has worked in both Hindi and South Indian films, told Indian Express that he believes India has one language, and that is entertainment.
Bollywood actor Devgn and Sudeep have been engaged in a ‘brotherly debate’ on Twitter on the topic of whether or not Hindi is a national language.
However, Sudeep clarified that the context in which he made the statement was different from the way it was viewed and that it was not intended to provoke a discussion, to offend him or to start an argument.
The impetus for the controversy was Sudeep’s statement a few days ago during an event in Bengaluru where members of the Kannada film industry celebrated the national success of ‘KGF-2’ starring Yash. When the event participants said ‘KGF-2’ had an impact on the whole of India, Sudeep said Hindi was no longer a national language.
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Published on: Thursday, April 28, 2022, 01:19 PM IST