Hindi Diwas: 'Played A Significant Role In Freedom Struggle,' HM Amit Shah Highlights Hindi's Unifying Role In India

Hindi Diwas: 'Played A Significant Role In Freedom Struggle,' HM Amit Shah Highlights Hindi's Unifying Role In India

by Abhay Rathore - Thursday, September 14, 2023 01:45 PM IST
Hindi Diwas: 'Played A Significant Role In Freedom Struggle,' HM Amit Shah Highlights Hindi's Unifying Role In IndiaUnion Home Minister Amit Shah.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah emphasized on Thursday (14 September) that Hindi serves as a unifying force for the diverse languages in India. He said that Hindi has respected and incorporated various Indian and global languages and dialects.

On the occasion of 'Hindi Diwas', Shah conveyed that Hindi does not compete with any other Indian language, nor will it ever do so. He emphasized the importance of strengthening all languages to build a strong nation, as reported by a news wire agency.

Shah expressed his belief that Hindi will play a crucial role in empowering local languages, serving as a medium for their growth and development.

"Hindi has played a significant role in unifying the diverse languages in India, a country known for its linguistic diversity. It has embraced various Indian languages and dialects, as well as borrowed words, phrases, and grammar rules from many global languages," stated Shah.

He said that Hindi has played an unprecedented role in uniting the country during the difficult days of the freedom struggle. Despite the presence of several languages and dialects, Hindi has instilled a feeling of unity among the people.

As a language of communication, Hindi has been crucial in advancing the freedom struggle from east to west and from north to south. This has been emphasized by Shah.

The movements for achieving "Swaraj" and "Swabhasha" were happening simultaneously in the country, as stated by Shah.

Recognising the significant role of Hindi in the freedom movement and post-independence, the architects of the Constitution designated it as the official language on September 14, 1949. The home minister highlights that a country's original and creative expression can only be achieved through its own language.

According to Shah, all Indian languages and dialects are an integral part of India's cultural heritage and must be preserved for future generations.

Shah highlighted that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Indian languages have gained recognition and respect both nationally and internationally.

The Department of Official Language, under the Ministry of Home Affairs, is actively working to enhance Indian languages by utilising modern technology. The aim is to establish these languages for public administration, education, and scientific purposes.

With the guidance of the prime minister, effective implementation of public welfare schemes is being achieved by promoting communication between the government and the public in Indian languages, he said.

The principle of language change, as highlighted by the home minister, states that language tends to move from complexity to simplicity.

In the opinion of the home minister, it is preferable to use simple and clear words in Hindi for office work.

The Parliamentary Committee on Official Language, as mentioned by Shah, was established to periodically assess the use of the country's official language.

The committee is responsible for reviewing the progress of Hindi usage in government work nationwide and preparing a report to be presented to the president.

A total of 528 town official language implementation committees (TOLICs) have been formed so far, with the aim of increasing the use of the official language in various areas.

These committees have also been established in international locations such as London, Singapore, Fiji, Dubai, and Port-Louis.

India has taken steps to promote the use of Hindi in the United Nations (UN), according to Shah.

Additionally, the Department of Official Language has initiated a new tradition of organizing the "All India Official Language Conference."

A memory-based translation system called "Kanthastha" has been developed by the Department of Official Language, as stated by the home minister. The purpose of this system is to enhance the official language with the help of technology.

In addition to the above initiative, the department has also created the "Hindi Shabd Sindhu" dictionary, as mentioned by Shah.

Abhay Rathore is Staff Writer at Swarajya.
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