Amit Shah: Hindi neither ever Competed nor will do with any other Indian Language
14 September, 2023 | Akshara Tyagi
Amit Shah stated "Hindi neither ever has competed and nor will compete with any other Indian language.
To mark Hindi Diwas, Union Home Minister Amit Shah emphasized the importance of bolstering all languages and regional dialects in India, expressing the aspiration that Hindi would serve as a means to empower everyone.
Expressing his views on the occasion of Hindi Diwas, the Minister said “Hindi neither ever has competed and nor will compete with any other Indian language”, and that “original and creative expression of any country is possible only through its own language which we have to carry with us as all Indian languages and dialects are our cultural heritage.”
On the occasion of Hindi Diwas, Union Home Minister Amit Shah conveyed his warm regards to the nation and highlighted that Hindi serves as a unifying force amidst the vast linguistic diversity within the world’s largest democracy.
“Hindi has been a democratic language. It has honoured different Indian languages and dialects as well as many global languages and adopted their vocabularies, sentences and grammar rules. It also played an unprecedented role in uniting the country during the difficult days of the independence movement. It instilled a feeling of unity in a country divided into many languages and dialects.
Hindi, as a language of communication, played an important role in carrying forward the freedom struggle from East to West and North to South in the country,” stated the Home Minister.
Acknowledging the significant role of Hindi during the freedom struggle and in the post-independence era, Shah noted that the framers of the Constitution had officially recognized Hindi as the country’s official language on September 14, 1949.
“Original and creative expression of any country is possible only through its own language,” said the Minister.
Shah added that “Hindi neither ever has competed and nor will compete with any other Indian language.
The Home Minister explained that the Parliamentary Committee on Official Language was established to periodically assess the use of the official language across the country. This committee’s role includes evaluating the progress in the adoption of Hindi in government operations nationwide and presenting its findings to the President.
Shah expressed his satisfaction in informing that the 12th volume of this report has been submitted to the President. Notably, only 9 volumes had been submitted until 2014, but the last four years have seen the submission of 3 additional volumes. Since 2019, Hindi Advisory Committees have been established in all 59 ministries, with regular meetings held.
In an effort to promote the use of the official language in various regions of the country, a total of 528 Town Official Language Implementation Committees (TOLIC) have been formed thus far. Furthermore, similar committees have been established in foreign countries, including London, Singapore, Fiji, Dubai, and Port-Louis. India has also taken steps to encourage the use of the Hindi language within the United Nations.
Minister Shah mentioned the introduction of a new tradition, the ‘All India Official Language Conference,’ initiated by the Department of Official Language. The first conference was held in Banaras in November 2021, followed by the second in Surat on September 14, 2022, and this year, the third conference is scheduled to take place in Pune.
To advance the development of the official language in line with technology, the Department of Official Language has developed a memory-based translation system called ‘Kanthastha.’ Additionally, the department has created the ‘Hindi Shabd Sindhu’ dictionary, continuously expanding its vocabulary by including words from Indian languages listed in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution.
The department has also introduced two digital resources: an ‘e-Mahashabdkosh’ mobile app with a comprehensive collection of 90,000 words and an ‘e-Saral’ dictionary containing around 9,000 sentences.
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