Eminence of Hindi increasing in world: Narendra Modi
Bhopal: Prime Minister
Narendra Modi has said that eminence of Hindi as language is increasing in the
world. To enrich Hindi, it should be linked to other Indian languages and its
digital use increased. He was addressing the inaugural session of 10th Vishwa
Hindi Sammelan here on Thursday.
The Prime Minister
dedicated a postal stamp on the Sammelan. He also released Vishwa Hindi
Sammelan’s souvenir and special issue of magazine “Gagananchal” and “Pravasi
Sahitya Johannesburg Se Aage.
Modi said that it was
the responsibility of every generation to preserve the heritage and pass it on
to the next generation. Language is not static or inanimate, but has
consciousness like life. This was experienced through linguistic development
Representatives of 39
countries are taking part in the Sammelan. Language has power and makes
situation conducive for itself from where it passes through. Hindi should
absorb the best in other Indian languages. It should be linked with rich
treasure of mother tongues of other states. According to linguists, 90 per cent
of languages are faced with threat of extinction by the end of 21st century.
Take it as a challenge and conserve and promote our language. Our language is a
treasure of knowledge and experience. Attachment with language is necessary to
The Prime Minister said
that digital world has permeated deep into our life. We should mould Hindi and
other Indian languages to suit technology. India is going to become a major
market in changed technological scenario. Language is means of expression.
Language should be inclusive and not exclusive. Every India language is
invaluable. Power of language can be gauged by the fact that movement for Hindi
in India was run by persons whose mother tongue was not Hindi, which is
inspirational. Language and script have separate powers. Had proposal of
writing all languages in Nagari script been effective, script would have
assumed a role of national unity. Today, importance of Hindi is increasing in
different countries. Indian films screened abroad have spread Hindi in the
world. He said that through Vishwa Hindi Sammelan, initiative would be taken to
further enrich Hindi and definite conclusions will be drawn.
Minister of External
Affairs Sushma Swaraj while throwing light on significance of organising the
Sammelan at Bhopal, said that the state government is committed to promote
Hindi and Bhopal has been famous for organising successful conventions.
Chief Minister Shivraj
Singh Chouhan welcomed the Prime Minister and the guests. He expressed
gratitude towards the Prime Minister for giving consent to organise the
Sammelan in Bhopal. He said that Gujarat from where Mahatma Gandhi had given
clarion call for Hindi, today Modi from the same Gujarat is adding to the honour
of Hindi. He said that demand to make Hindi national language had also been
raised from Gujarat.
Use of Hindi should be
maximized in foreign policy
During parallel session
on “Hindi in Foreign Policy” at Vishwa Hindi Sammelan, experts stressed the
need of maximum use of Hindi in Indian foreign policy. The session was chaired
by MP Satyavrat Chaturvedi. Senior journalist Qurban Ali spoke on “Hindi in
Discussions and Debates on Foreign Policy.” Additional Secretary in the UNO Atul
Khare on difficulties while working in Hindi and solution, New York-based
Consul General of India Gyneshwar Mule on role of diplomats in spread of Hindi
and Vishwa Hindi Vishwavidyalaya Prof Girishwar Mishra on shortage of
interpreters and translators in foreign languages. Director in External Affairs
Ministry Vipul moderated the session.