Edited by: Divya Theria
14 September 2022 (New Delhi): As the country celebrated Hindi Diwas on Wednesday, Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah said that as an official language, Hindi “unites the entire nation in a thread of unity.” The minister used Twitter to express his thoughts on the event, emphasising that the PM Modi-led government is committed to “parallel development” of all local languages, including Hindi. “I salute the great personalities who have contributed to the preservation and promotion of Hindi,” Shah tweeted in Hindi.
Shah tweeted just before his speech
The minister’s comments came just hours before he was scheduled to speak at the second All India Official Language Conference, which was held in Surat to commemorate Hindi Diwas. Every year on September 14th, Hindi Diwas is observed. The day commemorates the announcement of Hindi as the official language of the Union of India.
Hindi is the fourth most spoken language in the world
Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister, declared September 14 to be Hindi Diwas. On September 14, 1949, the Constituent Assembly of India declared Hindi, written in the Devanagari script, to be the official language of the Union of India. The second official language is English. On January 26, 1950, the Indian constitution permitted the use of Hindi as the country’s official language. In order to streamline government operations in a multilingual country, Hindi was made one of the official languages. Hindi is the fourth most spoken language in the world, spoken as a native language by 258 million people.