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Sushma_Swaraj_in_2014By NewsGram Staff-Writer

Bhopal: Union minister for external affairs, Sushma Swaraj reviewed the preparations for the three-day World Hindi Summit to be held in Bhopal.

Swaraj, who arrived with minister of state VK Singh, reviewed the preparations in a meeting with senior officials, organizing committee members and BJP representatives at her Bhopal residence. She also inspected the venue for the summit.

Over 5,000 representatives from different parts of the country and abroad are expected to participate in the Vishwa Hindi Sammelan or the World Hindi Summit.

10th World Hindi Conference:

The 10th World Hindi Conference is being organized in Bhopal this year from September 10 to 12 in collaboration with Ministry of External Affairs and Madhya Pradesh Government.

This is the third time when the conference is being held in India. The first World Hindi Conference was organised in Nagpur from 10th to 12th January, 1975.

Lajpat Ahuja, the rector of Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism, and the coordinator of the Conference proclaimed with enthusiasm that the exhibition will be showcasing the growing influence of Hindi in the IT sector. Tech industry giants like Google, Microsoft, and Apple will be participating in the event. He further added that these companies will inform the participants how Hindi is turning into a computer language.

The aim of this conference is to promote the use of Hindi language in the field of science and technology, and also explain how Hindi can be incorporated into IT, media, administration and the foreign policy sector.  It would also have a series of paper presenters. The main theme of the conference is “Hindi Jagat: Vistaravamsambhavnai”.

The event will be followed by several Hindi book and magazine releases.

For more information about the conference visit http://vishwahindisammelan.gov.in/index.htm

(With inputs from IANS)

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  • Dr. Kallol Guha

    World Hindi Summit is a sign of self confidence and germination of self respect in Indian system of Governance which is distinctly absent among the 10% Anglophonic Indians who are in fact ruling the country as an appendage of the West. Attention must be diverted to the growing sentiment among non-Hindi speaking communities who dutifully but shamelessly imitate everything Anglo-American but enthusiastically preach – HINDI IMPERIALISM in connivance with their Western Patrons. Summit should address this problem as well.

  • Dr. Kallol Guha

    World Hindi Summit is a sign of self confidence and germination of self respect in Indian system of Governance which is distinctly absent among the 10% Anglophonic Indians who are in fact ruling the country as an appendage of the West. Attention must be diverted to the growing sentiment among non-Hindi speaking communities who dutifully but shamelessly imitate everything Anglo-American but enthusiastically preach – HINDI IMPERIALISM in connivance with their Western Patrons. Summit should address this problem as well.

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  Incidentally, Hindi is a very powerful language, if we go deeper. This language is so self-sufficient that it is one of the direct descendants of Sanskrit, the oldest and the perfect language in the world

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Sri Ganga Prasad was criticised for giving his speech in his native language and not English in the legislative assembly.

Salil Gewali, Shillong

  • Hindi is one of the official languages of India
  • Sri Ganga Prasad faced criticism for giving his speech in his native language
  • This makes one question if English is becoming dominant in India

Sri Ganga Prasad faced a barrage of criticism when he delivered his maiden speech in the National language in the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly. Even one of the legislators abruptly walked out of the assembly hall while the Governor was digression the session. Thus, the Governor was intensely scoffed at and humiliated through the social media and other news media.

Well, everyone has their right to disagree and criticize. Of course, we do not disagree that the majority of people in Meghalaya are not fluent in Hindi.  This is not a big deal. But disrespecting the language could be.

Is Hindi being ignored as the nation moves more towards English? Wikimedia Commons

This news also made many of my facebook friends abroad pretty curious.  One very learned scholar – Avital Markel from New York speaks out her mind with a dose of humor: ‘why is there so much noise when your governor delivered the speech in the language which is originally from India itself? I know another popular name of this country as Hindustan, not “Englistan”, I believe.’ Another Yoga teacher from Las Vegas — JM Palmer remarks — ‘it’s ridiculous that people can disrespect their own language. I can easily pronounce a good many Sanskrit terms. I personally have tremendous respect for India’s Sanskrit and other languages because they are the languages of Yoga and wisdom of spiritual dimension’. Mr. Palmer is a spiritual seeker who regularly visits India.

                 I think both Avital and Palmer views resonate with what the citizens of other countries feel. At least with those who have not been insanely fascinated by the English language like some Indians do. It’s much observed in the country that one without English speaking skills is obviously looked down upon.  The ‘inferiority complex’ vis-a-vis the West and its external trappings often hold many Indians back in asserting that they are Indians. This syndrome is getting more pronounced among the certain class of intellectuals and the snobbish folks. This has already taken a very ugly shape. The trait of sedition is quite noticeable amount the certain class of citizens.

                    Anyway, if we have regularly tolerated the bunches of fraudsters, rapists, and murderers in the parliaments and state assemblies in the country, why could we survive a speech of few minutes in Hindi and so on? 

Also Read: Is Hindi The National Language of India?

On the contrary, the citizens of very developed nations such as China, Russia, Germany, Portugal, France will never lose their calm when their leaders speak in the native languages. Actually, they all speak their own languages. The imperialist British till the date has literally failed to cast its spell on them. The citizens of those self-reliant countries rather swell their chests and claim their superiority and what they are due for.

                          If I am not mistaken Hindi is still recognized as the national language of the country. So, even if we are unable to learn the language, it would do jolly good if we do not disrespect it at all. Here it will be quite relevant to cite a case of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech at United Nations General Assembly. I believe, nobody walked out of that international summit on 27th Sept 2014 when the Prime Minister delivered his speech in Hindi. Thank God, we didn’t have any leaders from Meghalaya who might have cringed with embarrassment and walked out! That particular speech by PM Modi in UN was so applauded that it subsequently served to motivate the member countries across the world to vote in favor of declaring a Yoga International Day for 21st June.

Harivansh Rai Bachchan, a Padhma Bhushan awardee for his contribution in Hindi Literature. Pexels
Hindi is a powerful language and ought to be used more. Pexels

                        Incidentally, Hindi is a very powerful language, if we go deeper. This language is so self-sufficient that it is one of the direct descendants of Sanskrit, the oldest and the perfect language in the world. On the robust ground of India’s Sanskrit the Modern linguistic stands. Kudos to those unprejudiced and rational intellectuals such as Sir William Jones, Johann Goethe, F. Schiller, Franz Bopp, F. Schlegel, Ferdinand de Saussure, Leonard Bloomfield, Noam Chomsky who discovered the incredible literary gems in the languages of India.

                           Finally, for those who sniff at the languages of Indian origin and the wisdom and culture associated with them, I would like to share just one opinion by their much celebrated English master. Here exclaimed the American British Nobel laureate TS Eliot: “Two years spent in the study of Sanskrit under Charles Lanman, and a year in the  mazes of Patanjali’s metaphysics under the guidance of James Woods, left me in a state of  enlightened mystification.” I think we should not walk out of the “truth”. India has for ages been enriching the intellectual treasure troves of the West. But, what is a huge paradox is that our Indians are either not aware of it all or they do not want to acknowledge it.