Today, on ‘Hindi Diwas’ Union Home Minister Amit Shah appeals his fellow citizens to unify India with ‘Hindi language’ and mark it as India’s global Identity. His tweet read: “India is a country of many languages, and each language has its own significance, but it is necessary to have a common language that becomes the mark of India’s identity globally.”
He added: “Today, if there is one language that has the ability to string the nation together in unity, it is the Hindi language which is the most widely-spoken and understood language in India.”
70 years ago, stalwarts like Hazari Prasad Dwivedi, Kaka Kalelkar, Maithili Sharan Gupt and Seth Govind Das under the leadership of Beohar Rajendra Simha lobbied hard in the Parliament, debating to announce ‘Hindi’ as the official language of the Republic of India.
On 14th September 1949, the 50th Birthday of Beohar Rajendra Simha, ‘Hindi’ was announced as the official language of India. Since then, 14th September is annually celebrated as ‘Hindi Divas’ in India.
Under the Article 343 of the Indian Constitution, Hindi written in the Devanagari scripture was adopted as official language of the Republic of India, that came into effect on 26th January 1950.
Hindi is the original language of 250 million people in India and it is fourth most spoken language in the world after English, Spanish and Mandarin.
ह्रदय की कोई भाषा नहीं, ह्रदय ह्रदय से बात करता है, और ह्रदय की भाषा हिंदी हैI– said the father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.
Today, let us pledge to unite and mark Hindi as India’s global Identity. Happy Hindi Diwas! Jai Hind!