Star war: Tweets by Ajay Devgn and Sudeep spark language row

Star war: Tweets by Ajay Devgn and Sudeep spark language row

Star war: Tweets by Ajay Devgn and Sudeep spark language row – Times of India

BENGALURU: Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn and Kannada actor Sudeep quickly defused their Twitter clash over the former’s comment that Hindi is the national language, saying perhaps the message was lost in translation, but the interaction set off a fight over “Hindi imposition”.
While Sudeep claimed his remarks were made in a different context and that it wasn’t to “hurt, provoke or to start any debate”, Devgn thanked him for “clearing up the misunderstanding”.

While the actors’ exchange ended on Wednesday, Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai said on Thursday: “Sudeep’s statement is right and everyone should respect that. The mother tongue or the regional language of the concerned state is supreme. Everyone should understand and respect that. ” Hindi and English are the official languages in India; the Constitution is silent on a national language.

Our states have been formed on linguistic basis. So, the concerned state language or the mother tongue should get prominence and supremacy.”

Hours later, Union minister G Kishan Reddy said, “I have not heard what Kichcha Sudeep said, but BJP government gives respect to all languages. Hindi is our national language, but in some provinces it is also our mother tongue, we will support and take it forward. We will take forward the national language, regional languages along with the working language.” Former chief minister CM Siddaramaiah had said Hindi never was and never would be India’s national language.

“I am proud to be a Kannadiga, but it is every Indian’s responsibility to appreciate the country’s linguistic variety. Each language has its own rich history for its people to be proud of.”

Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar tweeted, “There are 19,500 mother tongues spoken in India. Our love for India feels the same in every language. As a proud Kannadiga and a proud Congressman let me remind everyone that Congress created linguistic states so that no one language dominates another. #UnityInDiversity.”

Former CM H D Kumaraswamy of JD(S) tweeted that “Hindi-based political parties” have always tried to “destroy” regional languages. Sudeep’s former co-star Ramya also slammed Devgn, calling his ignorance “baffling” and asked him to “stop Hindi imposition”.


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