Rajender Amarnath came up with the controversial statement during a Ranji Trophy match between Karnataka and Baroda
BCCI commentator Rajender Amarnath sparked controversy when he said that ‘every Indian should know Hindi as it is our mother tongue.’
The controversial moment came during a Ranji Trophy match between Karnataka and Baroda at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Thursday.
It all started during the seventh 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.”
The other commentator, identified as Rajender Amarnath, replied:
“Every Indian must know Hindi. This is our mother tongue. There is no bigger language than this.”
Meanwhile, Amarnath’s statement was not well received by the public as it was met with angry reactions from fans, who soon took to Twitter to question show their disapproval. Here are a few of the reactions to the controversial 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
Here you go! @BCCI @BCCIdomestic @RanjiKarnataka
They can't say this when 2 teams who have their mother tongue to be Kannada and Gujarati to be playing!#ranjitrophy #KARvBRD pic.twitter.com/aKyigqGEVB
— Amrut Deshpande (@amrutd05) February 13, 2020
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
This is ridiculous. Moreover @BCCI should not allow it's platform to be used for this kind of vendetta. How can he even think like that? Cricket playing is a skill. Doesn't require any particular language. India is much more than Hindi #stopHindiImposition https://t.co/MdzsGb4oCt
— Dr. Anand Hegde (@hegdemacha) February 13, 2020
— ಕೀರಣ ಮಿರಜಕರ (@MirajakarKiran) February 14, 2020
Amarnath clarifies his stance later
Commentator Amarnath, who kicked off the controversy later clarified his stance saying he respected all the languages and issued his apologies.
“We always respect all the languages which are spoken in this country and if it has hurt anybody then my sincere apologies to everybody. Please do not take it in any other way except we were just discussing that we love to speak that language as you love to speak your language.”
“India is a country where many languages are spoken and each region has its own mother tongue and we respect everybody’s language,” he said (h/t Yahoo).
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