Vishwa Hindi Diwas: The Outreach of Hindi in the World
Last Updated on January 10, 2021 by Poorwa Singh
हिन्दू तन-मन, हिन्दू जीवन, रग-रग हिन्दू मेरा परिचय|
This famous line was the spirit and expression of love towards Hindi by our former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Hind – a word given by the people of Persia. They proclaimed that those living on the eastern side of the Sindh River (Indus) are Hind (as they do not say the letter ‘S’). And, the Persian call these inhabitants speaking Hindi. A language that has crossed a series of centuries but never got affected. Though we say Sanskrit to enchant our Gods, we talk in Hindi.
Hindi has a unique space in India in terms of linguistic diversity. It got slight transformations from region to region, but it maintained its uniqueness. Today, on 10th January 2021, we are celebrating Vishwa Hindi Diwas – a day to showcase the importance of Hindi as a language. At NayaTaaza, we will discuss Vishwa Hindi Diwas.
What is Hindi?
As per the data available, Hindi is an extraction of language from the Devanagiri script. Our Indian Constitution has given special status to the language Hindi. Hindi is present in the 8th Schedule that contains 22 languages prescribed by our Constitution. Hindi is also the official language of the Union, along with the English language as per article 343.
There is a difference between Hindi Diwas and Vishwa Hindi Diwas. The former is on 14th September, and the latter is on 10th January. On 14th September 1949, Hindi got added as a language in the 8th Schedule and official language of the Union, which is also the 50th birth anniversary of Beohar Rajendra Simha, a famous Hindi-stalwart.
About Vishwa Hindi Diwas
The Vishwa Hindi Diwas concept started on 10th January 1975 at a World Hindi Summit in Nagpur. In the summit, the objective of this day got laid down as awareness, promotion, and propagation of the Hindi language globally. This day the Indian Embassies in foreign countries celebrate this event with great pomp and show. To promote Hindi as a language on foreign soil, many institutions and countries put efforts, including:
- UNO starting a Hindi radio program
- Many academic institutions teach Hindi
- BBC also has its Hindi version of the website, etc.
Famous Hindi Scholars
Hindi is incomplete if we don’t talk about famous Hindi scholars. These scholars ensured the sustainability of this language for generations. Some of them are:
- Munshi Premchand
- Mahadevi Verma
- Maithlisharan Gupta
- Jaishankar Prasad
- Ramdhari Singh ‘Dinkar’
- Suryakant Tripathi ‘Nirala’
- Krishna Sobti
- Harivansh Rai Bachchan
- Mannu Bhandari
- Bhartendu Harishchandra
Once again Happy Vishwa Diwas to all of you.