Many Bengaluru citizens demanded that the local language Kannada should be used to convey Diwali wishes.
Story so far: As Diwali wishes came in Hindi and English, Bengaluru-based customers, staff, and internet users urged that the local language Kannada be given priority. On Twitter, #StopHindiImposition gained traction.
- This led to a discussion about the imposition of Hindi in the southern states and the language row erupted on Twitter again.
- Diwali wishes and posts from corporate offices were also on language activists’ radars.
Global city: Despite being referred to as a global metropolis and the nation’s tech hub, Bengaluru’s cyberspace, particularly Twitter, continues to witness these arguments. Internet users swarmed Twitter with tweets pointing out that Kannada is the last language to be adopted in Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka, which has a sizable Hindi-speaking community.