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Eighth World Hindi Conference calls for Globalisation of Hindi language

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on July 21, 2007

The three-day (July 13 -15, 2007) 8th World Hindi Conference in New York concluded with an appeal to India to make a concerted effort to mobilize other nations towards giving recognition to Hindi as the seventh official language of the United Nations.

The six UN languages are English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Arabic.

The conference also appealed to expatriat Indians to pressures their respective governments to support this move.

Over 1000 delegates attended the three-day conference. From India alone, around 500 delegates attended the session, which has been jointly organized by the External Affairs Ministry and the Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, New York.

The primary objective of this year’s conference was to project the significance of Hindi to the world.

According to the ‘Comrie’ Survey (held in1998), Hindi is the second most spoken language of the world after Chinese.

The SBS Atlas of Languages, authored by Bernard Combrie and his colleagues, provides a detailed account of the language families of each region of the world, and identifies and explains interesting and sometimes unique features of grammar and vocabulary.

It also examines the archaeological, historical, cultural, social and political background where this has had an impact on the dissemination, development or decline of a language.

In his concluding remarks, Karan Singh, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s special representative at the conference, emphasized the need to make Hindi a global language.

The concluding session saw 14 proposals being put forward. They were:

(1) To make Hindi teaching and the Devnagri script popular.
(2) To prepare a standard syllabus
(3) To give recognition to Hindi teachers working on foreign soil
(4) To tone up the World Hindi Secretariat
(5) Promote the opening up of regional offices of the secretariat
(6) To launch a Hindi language-centric web site at the world level.
(7) To publish a simple book in Hindi on technical subjects.
(8) To prepare a data base about foreign institutes and teachers teaching at these institutes.
(9) Expatriats should help in popularizing Hindi globally
(10) India to establish a research centre in Wardha for foreign scholars.
(11) To establish a Central Hindi Institute to promote Hindi globally
(12) To establish Hindi Chairs at foreign universities.
(13) To promote Hindi as the language of modern science and commerce
(14) To promote the use of Hindi at all the conferences organized by the India in India and abroad

The concluding day saw several foreign Hindi scholars being given awards for their proficiency in the language.

An Israeli scholar was also honoured for his contribution in popularising Hindi in his country. Genady Shlomper has been teaching Hindi at the Hebrew and Tel Aviv Universities for years, and has facilitated the graduation of over 260 students.

The head of Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan Trust in New York, Dr. P.Jayaraman, also received an award for his active participation in organizing the conference, and for working tirelessly in promoting the language in America, despite being a Tamilian.

“Despite India having so many languages there should be one link language.Whether it be Tamil, Malayalam or Kashmiri-all of them are Indian languages, but only Hindi can act as a unifying factor,” said Dr. Jayaraman.

What was interesting was the participation of an Arunachali woman Joram Yalam in the conference.

A PhD in Hindi from Delhi and a Hindi teacher, Yalam described Hindi as a simple and beautiful language that was not widely used or promoted in the North East. She called for greater effort in this direction.

Mauritius has shown keen interest to host the Ninth World Hindi Conference in 2011.

So far, seven such conferences have been held. They were held at Nagpur (1975), Mauritius (1976), New Delhi (1983), Mauritius (1993), Port of Spain, Trinidad (1996), London (1999) and Paramaribo in Surinam (2003).

(Source:  07/21/2007 –

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