October 23, 2019 | 1:00 AM IST
hindi diwas

Hindi Diwas: The language gets stronger with each passing day

On this day in 1949, the Constituent Assembly of India adopted Hindi written in Devanagari script as the official language of the Republic of India after the efforts of Hindi scholar Beohar Rajendra Simha paid off. The day also coincides with his birthday. Today the nation celebrates the day as a week-long or even a fortnight event also known as the Hindi Pakhwada. Also, it makes an Indian proud to know that over 9,500 Hindi words have been included in the Oxford dictionaries in around 30 years.
Several government institutions hold competitions, seminars, Rajbhasha sammelans, and debates are held during the week with the aim to promote awareness about the language. And the efforts have paid off well. The language has made its mark on the English dominated internet. Hindi speakers are continuously rising with a 19 percent hike in the last decade. 

Hindi thrives uniquely:

The 108-year-old Landor Language School in Mussorie, Uttaranchal is famous for teaching Hindi to over 200 foreigners (apart from local students) every year and that too by music. In contrast to the traditional method of writing and reading, this school uses recordings to which the students first hear. The students then graduate to reading and writing which is indeed effective.
Interestingly, there has been a rise in the number of students by 22 percent appearing for Hindi examinations conducted by South India Hindi Prachar Sabha in the past five years in the pro-English south Indian states. Nearly six lakh people sat in this examination held in 2019. 

Making a mark on the Internet:

Hindi is growing at 94 percent on the internet which is the fastest. Studies reveal that by 2021, about 35 crore people will be searching for content, articles, and news in Hindi on the internet. Also, about 68 percent of people believe that content in Hindi is more reliable and trustworthy.

The world acknowledges it:

It would sound surprising, but the language is being taught in around 170 countries. It is the most spoken language of the world after Mandarin, Spanish and English. Even the head of Nasa’s Language Department Dr. Brix has acknowledged that Hindi is the only phonetic language in the world and it will be the language of computers in the years to come. Not only this, but the United Nations (UN) recently has also started a news service in Hindi – thus becoming the first non-UN Asian language to receive this honour.

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