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Updated January 1st, 2024 at 22:40 IST

Viral video: Controversy erupts in Zoom meeting as employees clash over language choice

Viral Zoom clash as colleagues argue over Hindi language use. Divisive reactions follow on social media. Language preferences ignite tension

Garvit Parashar
Controversy erupts in Zoom meeting as employees clash over language choice
Controversy erupts in Zoom meeting as employees clash over language choice | Image:X:@gharkekalesh
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A video capturing a heated exchange among employees during a Zoom meeting has gone viral, prompting diverse reactions from social media users. The footage, posted on X (formerly X) by the page 'Ghar ke Kalesh,' depicts colleagues discussing their New Year plans over the video call. Tensions escalated when one participant switched to speaking in Hindi, triggering a dispute over language preferences.

In the brief clip, one employee requested a shift to English, expressing the group's lack of understanding of Hindi. Despite an attempt to switch to English, the speaker reverted to Hindi, leading to further discord among the colleagues. A mediator tried to diffuse the situation by offering to translate, while another urged everyone to avoid escalating a dispute over a seemingly trivial matter. However, the agitated employees persisted, engaging in conversation in their respective native languages.

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Although the video's date remains unclear, it has gained over 1 million views since its recent sharing. The clip has stirred reactions from X users, with some supporting the use of Hindi and others expressing contrasting opinions.

"It's amusing how none of them has a problem conversing in English but get burnt if someone starts speaking Hindi lmao. Come on, if you couldn't understand Hindi, you could have politely said it, & if you know it, there's no problem in understanding like two-three sentences," remarked one user.

"In my 16 years of IT career, I never initiated a regional language discussion during any team meeting since we know not everyone understands all the language, so keep it common. However, I get surprised when the initiation comes from client leaders, no matter which state they come from, be it Maha or TN or KN or WB or even Delhi. The language will be Hindi if they are just all them or even me on the call. I never mind, and why should I? So yes, these are petty issues; there is something called politeness like one of the guys here. Keep the language common so all can understand; ask them before if they are all fine with the language," commented another.

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"I side with the Tamils on this one. If you have even one person who wouldn't understand what you're saying, talk in the corporate language that is ENGLISH," expressed a third user. "Why can he not speak in English when his colleagues can't understand Hindi? The problem is in the communication, and he's interpreting it as a prestige issue," added another.
 

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Published January 1st, 2024 at 22:40 IST

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