Kannada celebrities rallied together to voice out their opposition of Hindi imposition on September 14, which is celebrated as Hindi Diwas, or Hindi Day. Actors Prakash Raj, Chethan and Dhananjaya were seen wearing T-shirts that read ‘Hindi Gothilla’ (I don’t know Hindi) and ‘Nange Hindi Baralla, Hograppa’ (I don’t understand Hindi, go ahead) on their social media posts.
The campaign is similar to that in Tamil Nadu, which was kickstarted by Thoothukudi’s DMK MP Kanimozhi. The T-shirts that were part of this campaign read “Hindi theriyathu, poda!” (I don’t know Hindi, go man!), “I am a Tamizh Pesum Indian” (I am a Tamil speaking Indian) and “I am Indian, I don’t speak Hindi”.
Speaking to TNM, multi-lingual actor Prakash Raj said that they are "encouraging more people to come forward and use their platforms to voice this issue. It is good that more people are coming forward to highlight the issue this year."
The actor was of the opinion that Hindi should not be enforced as a medium of instruction.
Possibly referring to a recent incident where a SBI branch in Tarikere of the Chikkamagaluru district stopped using Kannada, Raj pointed out that it would be difficult for a person from rural Karnataka to deal with bank or some other official in English or Hindi.
The actor also highlighted India's diversity in languages and culture and questioned the need for there to be a common language in all states.
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