"In fact, Tamil is the oldest language."
Sonu Nigam has given his opinion on the Hindi national language row.
Kannada actor Kiccha Sudeep had said that Hindi is no longer “a national language”.
This did not sit well with Ajay Devgn, who responded by asking that if Hindi is not India’s national language, then why does Kichha release his films dubbed in Hindi.
His tweet read: “Kiccha Sudeep, brother, if Hindi is not our national language according to you, then why do you release films made in your mother tongue dubbed in Hindi?
“Hindi is our mother tongue and our national language, and it will always be. Jana Gana Mana.”
The exchange continued with Kiccha stating that his tweet had been misinterpreted.
He said: “And sir, I did understand the text you sent in Hindi.
“That’s only because we all have respected, loved and learnt Hindi.
“No offence sir, but was wondering what’d the situation be if my response was typed in Kannada!! Don’t we too belong to India, sir.”
The debate led to many personalities giving their opinions.
Sonu Nigam has now weighed in on the matter and his response was praised.
At an event moderated by Beast Studios CEO Sushant Mehta, Sonu said:
“Nowhere in the constitution is it 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.”
Perfect response to Ajay Devgn by Sonu Nigam: Let's not divide people further in this country, where is it written that Hindi is our national language? ? pic.twitter.com/hC9nHbXJHy
— Sushant Mehta (@SushantNMehta) May 2, 2022
Sonu went on to say that there are enough issues with other countries that need to be resolved.
“Aren’t we facing enough issues with other countries that we are starting one within our own? Why is this discussion even happening?”
The singer stated that nobody should be told what language to speak.
“Punjabis can speak in Punjabi, Tamilians can talk in Tamil and if they are comfortable they can talk in English.
“All our court judgements are given in English, what is this ‘humein Hindi bolna chahiye’.”
Sonu also criticised attempts to divide India and its citizens.
“Do we have no problems in this country that we are looking for more?”
“Look at our neighbours… and we are creating divisions in India by saying ‘you are Tamilian… you speak Hindi. Why? Why would they speak Hindi?
“Let people speak the language they want to… why are we after everybody saying ‘you have to speak this language or that language? Let it go…”
He added: “Let’s not divide further in our country, already there is so much going on.”