BCCI commentators in hot water after ‘Mother Tongue’ remark during Ranji Match between Karnataka and Baroda.
The Raji trophy match between Karnataka and Baroda at the M Chinnaswamy stadium, Bangalore witnessed a controversial piece of commentary from the on-air commentators who ssaid: ‘every Indian should know Hindi as it is our mother tongue.’
The incident took place in the 7th over of Baroda’s second innings when one of the two commentators said: ‘I liked the fact that Sunil Gavaskar is commentating in Hindi and is giving his valuable in the same language. I also loved it that he called the dot ball as a ‘bindi’ ball.”
One of the commentators even went on to call Hindi the ‘mother tongue’ of people in the country and that every Indian should know the language.
“Every Indian must know Hindi. This is our mother tongue. There is no bigger language than this,” Sushil Doshi said.
“In fact, I look at those people with a lot of anger who say that we are cricketers still we should talk in Hindi? You are staying in India then you will obviously speak its mother tongue,” he added.
BCCI commentators in hot water after ‘Mother Tongue’ remark during Ranji Match
Did this lunatic commentator just say “Every Indian should know Hindi” ? What on earth do you think you’re @BCCI ? Stop imposing Hindi and disseminating wrong messages. Kindly atone. Every Indian need not know Hindi #StopHindiImposition #RanjiTrophy #KARvBRD pic.twitter.com/thS57yyWJx
— Ramachandra.M/ ರಾಮಚಂದ್ರ.ಎಮ್ (@nanuramu) February 13, 2020
His comments have since stirred a storm on social media with some fans accusing them of spreading propaganda.
For the uninitiated, here you go again: India DOES NOT have a national language, and you can’t impose a language or a culture on anyone. If you still do have any doubts, read up on the Constitution and not lousy WhatsApp forwards #StopHindiImposition #RanjiTrophy #KARvBRD https://t.co/Iwv37kW1yA
— Arun Venugopal (@scarletrun) February 13, 2020
My mother tongue is kannada..don’t impose Hindi on us
— Munesh Bidar Lakha (@BidarLakha) February 13, 2020
— ಮಂಜುನಾಥ್ (@ManjunathSMys) February 13, 2020
— Niteesh Shanbog (@nit1995) February 13, 2020
According to a Census taken in 2011, only 43 percent of Indians speak the Hindi language. The census further reports that Only 26 percent of Indians speak Hindi as mother tongue under the broader Hindi language grouping.
Hindi may be the most spoken language in the country but it is far from being the mother tongue with 56.37 per cent of the citizens, not identifying it as their first language or mother tongue.
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