Oscar winner music legend AR Rahman chimes in on India's bitter language debate

  • AR Rahman shared the word ‘autonomous’ on Twitter, which seems to be his take on the Hindi imposition debate.
  • The Hindi imposition debate started after the draft National Education Policy in its 3-language policy recommended keeping Hindi as a mandatory language.
  • Twitter was flooded with outrage from people, mainly from the Southern states of India.
Music legend from the South of India A R Rahman, took to Twitter to express his views on turning Hindi into the nation’s language.
But the maestro responded to the raging debate as always in a subtle and quiet manner.

The Oscar winning music composer and singer shared the meaning of the word ‘Autonomous’ in the Cambridge English dictionary – which is – independent and having the power to make your own decisions.

After the revision of the draft policy too, the singer and composer had tweeted about Hindi not being compulsory anymore.

A bitter debate has been raging after an attempt to appoint a single language as the nation’s language, in a country which is home to over 22 major languages.

Rahman was responding to the forced imposition of the Hindi language by the Central Government. The draft National Education Policy (NEP) 2019 suggested Hindi as a third mandatory language, even in the non-Hindi speaking states.

The Hindi Imposition

This had resulted in an outrage with people from across the country, especially South Indians, protesting over the ‘Hindi imposition’.

South Indian languages, unlike most languages spoken in North India, have a Dravidian origin which is diagonally opposite to Hindi whose mother language is Sanskrit. Comprehending Hindi is tougher for them, added to the fact that few are inclined to learn it.

People from Tamil Nadu took to Twitter to use the hashtag #TNagainstHindiImposition to voice their opinion – with a note that Hindi is one of India’s national languages, not the only one.

After the outrage, the government had revised the draft policy keeping the option open for students to choose the languages they want to learn.