During a Ranji Trophy match between Karnataka and Baroda on Thursday, a BCCI commentator raised a new controversy when he said Hindi is the ‘mother tongue’ of all Indians. The Indian commentator has been slammed heavily for his remarks.
It all started when one of the two commentators brought up the topic of Sunil Gavaskar doing Hindi commentary and pointed out how the batting great described a dot ball as ‘bhindi ball’.
Appreciating Gavaskar, the two commentators went ahead calling Hindi the ‘mother tongue’ of people in the country and that every Indian should know the language.
Ranji Trophy: BCCI Commentator Faces Extreme Criticism Over Hindi Remark:
“Every Indian must know Hindi. This is our mother tongue. There is no bigger language than this,” a commentator can be heard saying.
The other commentator then says he agrees with him and goes on:
“In fact, I look at those people with a lot of anger who say that we are cricketers still we should talk in Hindi? If you are living in India, then you will obviously speak Hindi which is our mother tongue,” he added.
Fans are raged over the issue and have shown their anger on Twitter.
Here are some of the Tweets that go on to show the incident and fans’ reactions after BCCI commentator’s statement:
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
My mother tongue is kannada..don't impose Hindi on us
— Munesh Bidar Lakha (@BidarLakha) February 13, 2020
— Niteesh Shanbog (@nit1995) February 13, 2020
These guys will never understand Hindi is not national language
— Arun Ram அருண்ராம் (@Arun_Ramm) February 13, 2020
According to the 2011 Census data on languages, Hindi is the most widely spoken language in the country with a base of 43.63 per cent of the population. However, more than fifty per cent (56.37) do not identify Hindi as their first language or mother tongue.