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‘Then why are they selling pani puri?’ Tamil Nadu minister renews Hindi row with ‘More Avenues’ MPNRC News

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‘Then why are they selling pani puri?’ Tamil Nadu minister renews Hindi row with ‘More Avenues’

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State Higher Education Minister Dr K Ponmudi questioned the reasoning behind the sale of Hindi-speaking ‘pani puri’ in Tamil Nadu, saying that learning Hindi could open up more job opportunities.

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Speaking at a convocation ceremony at Bharathiar University in Coimbatore, Ponmudi said that English as a language is more valuable than Hindi, claiming that those who speak Hindi are engaged in bureaucratic jobs. “…if the argument that learning Hindi can open up more job opportunities is true, then why are people who speak ‘Pani Puri’ language selling here?” Ponmudi asked.

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He said Tamil students are willing to learn any language but Hindi should be optional and not compulsory.

The minister’s statement comes amid a raging debate over Hindi ‘imposition’, which was reignited recently after a war of words on Twitter between actors Ajay Devgn and Kichha Sudeepa.

Responding to a statement by South star Kichha Sudeep that “Hindi is no longer our national language”, Devgn asked if Hindi was not the national language of India, why were films made in different languages ​​and eventually dubbed into Hindi. .

At a film launch event, Sudeep was asked how he saw the record-breaking pan-India success of Kannada film KGF: Chapter 2, the Hindi version of which has collected over Rs 350 crore since its release on April 14.

Devgn, who recently starred in filmmaker SS Rajamouli’s pan-India blockbuster RRR, tagged the Karnataka actor on Twitter and wrote, “Hindi was, is and always will be our national language.” “My brother, according to you if Hindi is our national language and not our national language, then why do you release your mother tongue movies by dubbing them in Hindi?” Devgan wrote in Hindi script Devanagari. Hindi was, is and will be our mother tongue and national language. Jana Gana Mana,” the actor-filmmaker added in his tweet.

Addressing the media in Kannada, Sudeep had said, “Hindi (filmmakers) should say that they are making pan-India films. They are dubbing those (Bollywood) films in Tamil and Telugu etc and they are struggling. They are not capable. Today we only make films that reach everywhere.”

The issue soon turned political as Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and former CMs Siddaramaiah and HD Kumaraswamy insisted that Hindi was like any other language in India and not the national language.

Earlier in April, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had said that Hindi should be accepted as an alternative to English and not to local languages. Presiding over the 37th meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Official Language in Delhi, Shah had said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided that the medium of running the government is in the official language and this will definitely increase the importance of Hindi.

There is no mention in the constitution that Hindi is the national language. According to the constitution, India has no national language as Hindi is one of the 22 languages ​​listed in the Eighth Schedule. However, the notion of Hindi being the national language is widespread.

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