A statement which seemed shocking to me, "ण when isolated is pronounced as न by most people", was made by member tonyspeed recently in a thread on dots in Hindi. But maybe it is only me who is shocked and have failed to notice all these new न's mushrooming everywhere (or maybe they were always there). So, my questions to Hindi speakers: (1) How do you pronounce it "in isolation"? (2) According to you, how does the majority pronounce it? Also, since tonyspeed failed to back up his assertion by any kind of reference, I would also like the other members to come up with references or data which indeed point out that ण is pronounced as न by the majority of Hindi speakers.