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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 and enrichment.

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 promote it.

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.