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Hindi must be given its due, says External Minister Sushma Swaraj

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Putting Hindi on a level footing with other languages, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday said that the language could be used to do anything.

The remark was made on the launch of the official website of the 10th World Hindi Conference, an event scheduled to be held in Bhopal in September.

“The impression that only a specific language could enable oneself to study science or any other subject is wrong”, said the BJP leader.

“If Chinese, Japanese, German and French could succeed in doing everything in their own languages then why not Indians using Hindi,” the minister further added.

Emphasising that Hindi must be given its due place, Swaraj said that ever since becoming the external affairs minister, she would speak in Hindi while talking to a guest who was speaking in his or her mother tongue.

“If we have to have an interpreter then why not Hindi…I speak English when the person I am interacting with is using the same language,” she said.

The website which went live from Saturday is a user-friendly website where people can register themselves in the three-day long World Hindi Conference, starting September 10, through the Hindi medium.

The registration fee for Indian students and participants is Rs 1,000 and Rs 5,000 respectively, whereas the fee for foreign students is 25 dollars. Participants from other countries have to shell out 100 dollars for the same.

  • What about the other languages ??? they dont deserve their share ?? afterall tamil and telugu existed way before hindi..

  • Eashwar

    “If Chinese, Japanese, German and French could succeed in doing everything in their own languages then why not Indians using Hindi,” the minister further added
    THE DUMB MINISTER THINKS THAT WHOLE INDIA SPEAKS HINDI. IT’S A SHAME SUCH PEA BRAIN PEOPLE ARE SITTING AS MINISTERS. HINDI DOESN’T REPRESENT INDIA.

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  • What about the other languages ??? they dont deserve their share ?? afterall tamil and telugu existed way before hindi..

  • Eashwar

    “If Chinese, Japanese, German and French could succeed in doing everything in their own languages then why not Indians using Hindi,” the minister further added
    THE DUMB MINISTER THINKS THAT WHOLE INDIA SPEAKS HINDI. IT’S A SHAME SUCH PEA BRAIN PEOPLE ARE SITTING AS MINISTERS. HINDI DOESN’T REPRESENT INDIA.

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Actress Taapsee Pannu Decides Not to Give up South Indian Films

Hindi not pan-India language, won't give up South films: Taapsee

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Hindi is not a pan-India language and giving up acting in south Indian films would be a “very stupid” move, actor Taapsee Pannu said on Saturday, insisting that she did not use Tamil and Telugu films as a stepping stone to gain entry into Bollywood.

Pannu also said that few actors manage to crossover different genres of cinema, made in varying langauges and regions and get known in small centres in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana as well as in the Hindi-speaking belt.

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“I think few actors make that crossover successfully and I don’t want to leave that position. It would be very stupid of me to leave that market. It is perceived that Hindi is a pan-India thing, but I do not think so. I will continue to work in South,” Pannu said.

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“South has taught me what film-making is. It made me an actor. So there is a sense of gratitude, that I have. At no point of time, I used it as a stepping stone to get into Bollywood. They (South Indian films) taught me what light is, what camera is. I cannot leave it,” Pannu also said. (IANS)