On May 12, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation once again addressed the nation as India headed toward the fourth phase of lockdown and relaxation of restrictions despite a spike in COVID-19 cases.
The speech, which began at 8 pm and went on till 8.30 pm, was much awaited by citizens across the country.
In his address, the Prime Minister announced a Rs 20 lakh crore relief package under "Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan", aimed at helping the country become self-sufficient and get back on track following the coronavirus crisis.
However, many on Twitter objected to the fact that the entire speech was in Hindi. And extremely tough and verbose Hindi, at that.
In the course of the speech, the PM used several Hindi words that are not only obscure and used sparingly, but also tough to pronounce even for Hindi speakers.
Within minutes of the speech, Google was flooded with searches for Hindi words like "atmanirbhar" (self-reliant) and other jaw-breakers.
Twitter was flooded with jokes and memes with confused Indians turning to humour to express their woes. Many non-Hindi speaking netizens claimed they did not understand a word of the speech while others called it a lesson in Hindi.
me, every time modi ji addresses the nation pic.twitter.com/kpKQuf5sP1
— Akshar (@AksharPathak) May 12, 2020
People in Tamil Nadu trying to understand this speech pic.twitter.com/Coc4HiW9Rm — Shridhar V (@iimcomic) May 12, 2020
In One speech, Modi ji already taught
Supply chain management
— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) May 12, 2020
What is the minimum level of Hindi Pracharasabha you need to have passed to understand this — Shilpa Rathnam (@shilparathnam) May 12, 2020
— Siddhant Sharma (@siddyviddy) May 12, 2020
English too please.. not everyone understands Hindi..#PMSpeech pic.twitter.com/d2M2f7jsXV — Krithiga Narayanan (@Krithiganarayan) May 12, 2020
Aatma nirbhar is Hindi version of Make In India...hopefully it will not meet the same fate
— कोमल :) 🇮🇳 (@Komal_Indian) May 12, 2020
Either Modi ji is too Hindi or i’m too South Indian. Phew. Struggling to understand. — Danish Sait (@DanishSait) May 12, 2020
Tamil Nadu reaction to the complex Hindi in Modi's speech. pic.twitter.com/l3pgub2PI5
— Sruthisagar Yamunan (@sruthisagar) May 12, 2020