Let's not divide people further in the country: Sonu Nigam on 'Hindi national language' debate
Devgn had tweeted, ''Hindi was, is, and will always be our national language'', a remark that he made to counter Sudeep's comments that Hindi was no longer the national language.
At an event here on Monday, when Nigam was asked about his stand on the debate, the singer said he was puzzled that this was even a topic of discussion.
''I don't think anywhere in the Constitution it is written that Hindi is our national language. It might be the most spoken language, I understand that, but not the national language. ''Having said that, are we aware that Tamil is the world's oldest language? There is a debate between Sanskrit and Tamil. But, people say Tamil is the oldest language in the entire world," he told the website Cinema Beast.
''Why are we doing this? Why is this discussion even happening? Look around your neighboring (countries) and you are creating a rift within our country, saying, 'You also speak Hindi'. But why should they? Let people speak what they want to, why are you after them that only one language will be spoken in the country," he said. The 48-year-old singer said if non-Hindi speakers are more comfortable in English, it should not be an issue.
''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' (We should speak in Hindi). To impose something like this in our country or to say, 'We are superior, you learn our language' but how can they? ''They are not proficient in Hindi, they are more comfortable in English-- which has become a part of our culture and society. Let's not divide people further in the country, bohot jhamele already chal rahe hai (There are already a lot of issues), let's not create another issue,'' he added. Devgn's comments had sparked a debate on Hindi imposition as BJP's Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and NC's Omar Abdullah, Congress' Siddaramaiah, and JD-S' H D Kumaraswamy had come out in support of India's linguistic diversity.
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