Hindi Diwas: History, Significance, And Key Facts
Hindi Diwas, which is celebrated on 14th September every year in India, is dedicated to promoting and propagating the official language, Hindi. After the four widely spoken languages,such as English, Spanish, and Mandarin, Hindi stands to be the 4th in the list. The Constituent Assembly of India has entitled Hindi as India's official language on 14th September, 1949. After English, Hindi is considered one of the two languages spoken in the Union government, and it is
written in the Devanagari script therein!
History of Hindi language
Tracing back to the history of Hindi, the language originally traces back to the Indo-Aryan division of the Indo-European language family. The Mughals and the Persians, later on, gave a different touch to this language. However, this language is widely accepted in different parts of the globe, including Nepal, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Fiji, and Mauritius.
Significance of Hindi Diwas
The Government of India had set a goal for itself post-independence to set a target of grammar and orthography to the nation’s mother tongue. Thus, the standardization of the Devanagari script came into effect. On 14th September, 1949, the Constituent Assembly took a decision that Hindi will be counted as the official language of India. Thus, Hindi was spread in every region of India, and the proposal of RashtrabhashaPracharSamiti, Wardha got the regard that Hindi Diwas will be observed on 14th September from 1953 onwards. Since then, India is celebrating Hindi Diwas every year.
Key facts about Hindi Diwas
The Hindi language has several interesting facts about itself, which is undoubtedly the reason that about 78% of the country’s population speak and understand this language.
- Hindi is regarded as an official language in Article 343 of the Constitution on 26th January, 1950.
- Hindi is basically a Persian language, and the first Hindi poem was written by the eminent poet “Amir Khusro.” Indeed, this is a matter of pride for the language.
- The first literature on the history of the Hindi language was composed by a French writer, and it was named as “Grasim the Taisi.”
- The first external affairs minister, AtalBihari Vajpayee, addressed the UN General Assembly for the first time in 1977 and that too, in Hindi.
- The most commonly used word by the people of India to greet one another, “Namaste” is a Hindi word.
- Hindi has even started making its place on the internet through its first web portal that came up in 2000. Since then, Hindi movies and shows have become immensely popular among the masses. Even survey reports say that the consumption of Hindi content has increased high over the years.
- The Hindi language is even used to create a web address (URL), which depicts the significance of the language.
- Mahatma Gandhi has urged about making Hindi as a national language, thereby addressing it as the language of the public in 1918 in Hindi SahityaSammelan.
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