Sonu Nigam expressed his thoughts on the controversy that erupted last week after a Twitter exchange between Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn and Kannada actor Sudeep Sanjeev.
Sonu Nigam has reacted to Ajay Devgn-Kichcha Sudeep’s controversial Twitter debate on the topic of whether or not Hindi is a national language.
Actor Ajay Devgn stirred 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 Hansal Mehta joined the debate.
And now, National Award-winning singer Sonu Nigam has jumped into the controversy. Singer Sonu Nigam says Hindi is not the country’s national language and attempts to impose it on non-Hindi speaking citizens will only create a rift within.
At a recent event moderated by journalist Sushant Mehta, 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.”
Sonu Nigam further pointed out that there are enough issues that need to be resolved with other nations and it is futile to initiate a new problem within the country. He asked, ‘Abhi tumhaare baaki deshon se pange kam hain jo tum apne desh mein pange khade kar rahe ho?
(Aren’t we facing enough issues with other countries that we are starting one within our own?) Why is this discussion even happening?” He added, “See other countries, and then see us dividing people as you speak Tamil, you speak Punjabi…” Continuing further, the ‘Chori kiya re Jiya’ singer said that individuals are free to speak whatever language they want.
Stating that the people shouldn’t be pressured to speak one particular, the Sandese Aate Hai singer said, “Punjabis can speak in Punjabi, Tamilians can talk in Tamil and if they are comfortable with English let them talk in English. All our court judgements are given in English, what is this ‘humein Hindi bolna chahiye’”.