Every Indian should know Hindi: Fans hit out at Ranji Trophy commentator over ‘mother tongue’ remark

Every Indian should know Hindi: Fans hit out at Ranji Trophy commentator over ‘mother tongue’ remark

In a Ranji Trophy match between Karnataka and Baroda played in Bengaluru on Thursday, a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) commentator kicked up a storm when he said Hindi is the ‘mother tongue’ of all Indians.

It all started when one of the two commentators who were doing hindi commentary for the Round 9 match brought up the topic of Sunil Gavaskar doing hindi commentary and pointed out how the batting great described a dot ball as ‘bhindi ball’.

From beginning with an appreciation to Sunil Gavaskar, the 2 commentators went to the extent of calling 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,” 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.

A clip of the said exchange between the 2 commentators went viral on social media as the online streaming of the Ranji Trophy match between Karnataka and Baroda was available on a popular video-sharing platform.

A section of fans did not take the interaction lightly as they took to social media to slam the 2 commentators.

“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 (sic),” a user wrote.

“You’re doing commentary or propaganda?” another user replied to the viral video clip on Twitter.

According to the 2011 Census data on languages, Hindi is the most widely spoken language in the country with a base of 43.63 percent of the population. However, more than fifty percent (56.37) do not identify Hindi as their first language or mother tongue.

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