World Hindi Day (Vishwa Hindi Diwas) And World Hindi Conference
Hindi is the official language of India. Most official works are done in this language. It happens to be an old language. It is also known as the Devanagari script. Most people in India either speak Hindi as their mother tongue or are aware of this language. Though there are various local languages spoken in India, Hindi has been given the status of the national language. It shows that it is very important for the people of this country. But with time, English has acquired an equally important status. The World Hindi Day or the Vishwa Hindi Diwas is a crucial step that will assist in spreading the glory of this sweet language.
First observed on
The World Hindi Day or the International Hindi Day is also known as the Vishwa Hindi Diwas. It was celebrated in India for the first time in the year 2006. The date was chosen to be 10th January due to this historical significance. We will discuss that in the later part of this article. Since that year, the glory of Hindi was celebrated on an annual basis, both in India and all over the world. It is an important event
Who announced World Hindi Day?
In the year 2006, Manmohan Singh, the then Prime Minister of India, made the official announcement that sealed 10th January as the International Hindi Day. He said that from that year onwards, 10th January will be seen and celebrated as Vishwa Hindi Diwas in India as well as in other parts of the world as well.
Why is it celebrated on 10th January?
Since the early days, the Indian government has been trying to spread the glory and importance of Hindi language. The main objective of the government was to make Hindi popular on the international platforms. Thus, the Hindi Conference was organized on an annual basis. The very first World Hindi Conference was organized by the then Indian government. The conference took place on 10th January, 1975. The Prime Minister of the country was Indira Gandhi. The conference was organized in Nagpur. Due to this historical importance of this date, the central government decided to celebrate International Hindi Day on 10th itself.
About World Hindi Conference
Till date, ten separate World Hindi Conferences have been held in and outside India. It is not only seen as a platform for spreading the importance of Hindi as a language, but steps are taken to ensure that it gets status of being an international language. Hindi holds the fourth rank of being the most spoken language in the world. Several proposals are taken, which if implemented will develop the status of Hindi.
The first conference was held in the year 1975 in Bhopal. It lasted for five days; it started on the 10th and ended on the 14th. The second meeting was held in August 1976. This year, the organizers choose Port Louie in Mauritius as their base. This time, the conference started on the 28th of August and ended on the 30th. The third World Hindi Conference was held in the year 1983. It was organized at New Delhi in India. It commenced on the 28th and ended on 30th of October. For the fourth conference, the organizing committee again chose Port Louie as their base. It happened in the year 1993 and lasted from three days, from 2nd December to the 4th. In 1996, Trinidad-Tobago was chosen as the base for the fifty meeting. The meeting started on the 4th and ended on the 8th of April. The sixth meeting took place in 1999 in London. The meeting started on the 14th of September and ended on the 18th. The 7th, 8th and 9th Word Hindi Conferences took place in Suriname, USA and South Africa respectively. They were organized during 2003, 2007, and 2012. The last or the tenth conference took place on 10th to 12th September in 2015, at Bhopal in India.. It was initiated by the present Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Current Scenario of Hindi Language
Though the central government is trying its best to uplift the status of Hindi inside the county and on the international platforms, the rapid rate of globalization and westernization has cast its dark shadow. People think that it is mandatory to know English. Though this language is also used in doing governmental tasks, it must not be placed above our national language.
Youngsters prefer to talk in English in schools, colleges and in their peer groups. A person who talks in Hindi and does not know English is looked down upon. Even parents try to get their children admitted to an English medium school. They do not even consider the schools where the first language is Hindi. From street signs to shop names, you will see everything written in English, even though majority of the residents know, and talk in Hindi. So, one can conclude that with time, the popularity of Hindi in falling.
Importance of Hindi Day
- Promoting Hindi as a language – As westernization is casting it’s dark shadows on the popularity of Hindi in recent times, the celebration of International Hindi Day will not only make this language popular in India, will also increase its usage both inside the country and abroad.
- Developing the status of the language – Though Hindi has already received the status of being the national language of India, needs to be done to restore its original glory. With the celebration of this day, this objective will be fulfilled properly.
- Popularizing Hindi on international platforms – The present Prime Minister has taken the initiative seriously and has given official speeches in Hindi, when he is on an official visit to other nations. He also makes it a point to use Hindi while addressing his countrymen this is a positive step that will make this language popular on international podiums.
- Spreading awareness among youngsters in the nation – The celebration of International Hindi Day will also make youngsters aware of this rich language. Once they understand the importance and glorious past of the script, they will also respected and work towards its development.
- Creating admiration towards the language – If more and more people start using Hindi in their daily lives, the overall admiration for which language is going to increase significantly. The main aim the central government is to create an environment where people will love the language they speak.
- Holding talks or meeting in local areas – To celebrate this day, steps must be taken both by the central government as well as the administration in the local areas. With the assistance of the local administrative bodies, meetings and talks can be organized, which will highlight the importance of Hindi.
- Organizing programs to popularize Hindi – A number of programs can be organized to celebrate the International Hindi Day. Every event should highlight the popularity and
- Organizing debate and poetry competitions – Debates and poetry competitions will also play an important part in popularizing the language among the masses. Songs and dance dramas in Hindi will also highlight the glory of Hindi.
- Rallies to create awareness – in many areas, rallies are also organized. People participate in these walks and create an awareness among the common people how they can enhance the status of this language.
- Special programs in Indian Embassies – To popularize Hindi in other countries, Indian embassies hold special events. Eminent people of that nation attend these programs, which are mainly designed to make them acquainted with Hindi.
World Hindi Day Themes
The theme for the first conference was Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. The theme for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th conference was promoting and popularizing Hindi in general. The theme of the 5th meeting was Pravasi Bharati and Hindi. The sixth and seventh meeting had “Future generation and Hindi” and “World Hindi” respectively. The theme of the eighth conference was “Hindi on international platforms.” The tenth meeting’s theme was “Hindi Jagat.”
A lot has been done for promoting the popularity of Hindi inside and outside India. Keeping the current situations in mind, a lot more must be done to give this language the high position that it deserves. The government will require the assistance of the common people to achieve the aim.
World Hindi Day Quotes
- Hindi is one of the many elements that impart a unique character to India. A true Indian will love the language just as he/she loves the nation.
- Hindi is one language that is spoken by almost 280 million people all over the world. Thus, it is only obvious that you will find someone speaking in Hindi no matter where you go.
- With the growing popularity of India in the international arena, the promotion of Hindi has also reached great heights. Thus, the central government is putting more stress on the advertising of Hindi.
- Hindi is not only our national language. It is also the pride of India and every Indian should respect it.
- By showcasing your respect towards Hindi, you will also make it clear that you have love and respect for Mother India.
- A nation that does not have a national language will be unable to speak.
- For those who think that Hindi is not an easy language, they only need to take the first step and start using the language more.
- A person, who does not have a national language, does not have a nation.
- Hindi does not need to compete with any other language. All languages are equally important.