New Delhi: The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), , Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh has made an emphatic assertion that the growth of India is linked to the growth of Hindi and just as in the next few years, India grows economically as a world power, its equivalent growth on cultural and civilizational scale would be closely proportionate to the extent of growth of Hindi not only as a language but as an important symbol of India’s identity. He was delivering keynote address as chief guest in a function held to commemorate Hindi Fortnight and 12th Hindi Day felicitation awards yesterday.
Dr. Jitendra Singh said, it would be a gross error fraught with long term implications if an impression is allowed to perpetuate that Hindi is confined only to a particular section of society or religion or region as a medium of communication. The truth, on the other hand, is that Hindi is a part of legacy of every such individual who has inherited the legacy of Hindustan irrespective of religion, caste, sect or region.
It is a strange paradox, Dr. Jitendra Singh said, that living in India and being Indians, we need to observe a “Hindi fortnight” or a “Hindi Divas” to remind ourselves about Hindi and its richness. He said, it sounds strange when one thinks that people living in Britain do not have to observe an English language day to remind them of the importance of English language or people living in France do not observe a French language day
Dr. Jitendra Singh suggested that promotion of Hindi cannot happen merely through symbolic programmes but May, in essence, require re-look into our education pattern. In this regard, some of the measures that can be contemplated may include inculcating advantages of knowing Hindi right at the middle or high school level as well as encouraging the use of common man’s spoken Hindi.