Sonu Nigam weighs in on the ‘Hindi as a National Language’ debate

Famous singer Sonu Nigam stepped into the debate over ‘Hindi as a national language,’ sparked by the now-famous tweet exchange between Bollywood star Ajay Devgn and Kannada actor Kiccha Sudeep, saying, ‘as per my knowledge, Hindi is not written as a national language in the Constitution…’ Sonu Nigam also asked ‘… are we aware Tamil is the world’s oldest language’ and ‘why would they (Tamilians, speak in Hindi)’.

“Even in our courts, the judgments are in English. The flight attendants also prefer the language,” he said.

According to Mr. Nigam, the controversy will cause unnecessary tension in the country, which is already dealing with a slew of internal issues.

Following a heated exchange between Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn and Kannada actor Sudeep Sanjeev on Thursday, the heated debate over Hindi as a national language made national headlines once again.

While Mr Sudeep emphasised that Hindi is not our national language, Mr Devgn questioned why movies in south Indian languages are dubbed in Hindi.

The exchange sparked a social media debate, with politicians also participating. A section of Karnataka leaders claimed that Mr Devgn “blabbered as a BJP mouthpiece.”