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By NewsGram Staff Writer


The World Hindi Meet, the prestigious three-day international event, has raised a public furore after the media was kept out of the various sessions starting today.

After the inauguration ceremony was addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, at the Lal Parade Ground here, the media persons were told they could not attend the various sessions as they were closed to the media.

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup informed the media persons that in case of such international events, the media was allowed only during the inauguration and concluding ceremonies.

A bitter stand-off then ensued with some journalists protesting, saying such a stipulation never occurred in the previous nine World Hindi conferences.

Later, Swarup briefed the media about the different sessions held on Thursday.

The four main sessions held on Thursday were: ‘Videsh Niti Mein Hindi’ or the use of Hindi in India’s foreign policy, the use of Hindi in administration, the use of Hindi in science, and the use of Hindi in information and technology.

Girmityas, or the diaspora living in Mauritius and Fiji were also among the other themes which saw the participation of around 2,000 from India.

27 other countries are expected to attend the 10th edition of the Vishwa Hindi Sammelan, an event organised by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in collaboration with the Madhya Pradesh government on September 10-12 in Bhopal.

The theme for the 10th World Hindi Conference is: ‘Hindi Jagat: Vistar evam Sambhavnai’ (World of Hindi: Expansion and Scope).

(With inputs from IANS)


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