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Bhopal: Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for efforts towards a more vibrant use of Hindi, contending it would be among three languages to dominate the digital world.

At the inauguration of the World Hindi Conference here, Modi revealed that he had learnt Hindi in his childhood from UP traders while selling tea. He opined that more and more people were getting inclined to speak in Hindi.

“In the days to come, the significance of Hindi language will increase because language experts believe that by the end of the 21st century, out of 6,000 languages, 90 percent will lose their sheen. If we fail to understand this warning and fail to protect the language, then Hindi will only remain a matter of research,” he said.

Modi stated that the digital field would bring massive changes to the world with everybody using social media like WhatsApp. “Experts believe that in this field, three languages – English, Chinese and Hindi – will dominate the digital field,” Modi said, and added that it is the responsibility of tech experts to develop software to popularize Hindi and other Indian languages.

The three-day conference is being held at the Lal Parade Ground in Makhan Lal Chaturvedi Nagar here.

Modi spoke of the love for Hindi in countries he visited during his foreign trips. He also came to know of the efforts being made to popularize Hindi in those countries.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj remarked that this conference was focused on the progress of the Hindi language, while the previous ones were focused on Hindi literature.

She said the conference, first held in Nagpur in 1975, is being held in India after 32 years.

Stressing the need to preserve Hindi language, she stated that suggestions of experts attending the conference would be taken and a report compiled in the concluding session. The main recommendations should then, be acted upon.

Modi also released a postal stamp to mark the 10th World Hindi Day during the conference.

(With inputs from IANS)

 

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The recent clash of BJP and Congress have re-balanced the political scenario of India. Wikimedia Commons
The recent clash of BJP and Congress have re-balanced the political scenario of India. Wikimedia Commons

NEW DELHI: Indian being a political democratic country, houses a lot of political parties. Since independence, many new parties have emerged to take up the fight for various sections of the society. One of the examples of such a party is AAP (Aam Admi Party). AAP came up with strong political ethics to root out issues faced by a commons man but now the very existence of this party is in question due to poor performance and incompetence of some of its top leaders. But the most prominent of all of the political parties in India are BJP (Bharatiya Janta Party) and the Indian National Congress.

BJP encouraged the construction of the temple of God Rama at the site of the Babri Masjid. Wikimedia Commons
BJP encouraged the construction of the temple of God Rama at the site of the Babri Masjid. Wikimedia Commons

In 1980, BJP surfaced from a former party known as Bharatiya Jana Sangh which was founded by Syama Prasad Mookerjee. BJP’s agenda during the 1980s focused on the ‘Ram Janambhoomi movement’. The party encouraged the construction of the temple of God Rama at the site of the Babri Masjid. This issue gave the Hindu colour denomination to BJP and in 1996; it emerged as the largest party in the parliament. After being kept away from the power for long, Narendra Modi led the BJP to unprecedented heights in the last elections and the competition was put up by him was unmatchable.

On the other hand, Congress is a more matured political party of India. It got established in the year 1885. After the independence, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru became the leader of free India. Nehru was the front face of the political governance in India but after his assassination, his daughter Indira Gandhi took the charge and became the prime minister in 1966. Unfortunately, Indira Gandhi also got assassinated and her son, Rajiv Gandhi took up the reigns of the party. In the sequence of assassination, Rajiv Gandhi was the next target. Sonia Gandhi came to power in 1998 and she led the party from the front in 2004 elections. This resulted in the political rule of Congress under Manmohan Singh.

After the independence, Congress head Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru became the leader of free India. Wikimedia Commons
After the independence, Congress head Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru became the leader of free India. Wikimedia Commons

The recent Assembly election of Gujarat was a real eye-opener for many, as the people’s right to vote was seen quite considerably y exercised. The Congress resistance in the very own fortress of Narendra Modi was a heavy blow to the Modi wave that swept the country. Although, BJP had the last laugh in the election results but the close fight Syama Prasad Mookerjee from the Congress side was appreciable. The new trend seems to be rebalancing the political scenario in India. The tussle between the BJP and Congress will definitely go down in the history of Indian politics.

Nowadays, Twitter is another playground for political parties. The rule of social media platforms has pushed Indian leaders to communicate in the same manner. It’s vividly seen that people take up to twitter to express their views and differences. Rahul Gandhi vetted his displeasure over the performance of BJP in the latest series of attacks by Rahul against Prime Minister Modi.

Last month only, Rahul Gandhi was crowned as the party head. Therefore, the state polls of 2018 will be an acid test for Rahul to prove his mettle as a leader. It will be interesting to see the new strategies that will be deployed by Congress to take an edge over their arch rivals, BJP.