Every year, 14th September is celebrated as Hindi Divas in India.
National Hindi Day:
- Hindi, written in the Devanagari script, was adopted as the official language of the Republic of India on 14th September, 1949.
- Besides Hindi, English is the other official language (Article 343 of the Constitution).
- Hindi is also an eighth schedule language.
- Article 351 pertains to ‘Directive for development of the Hindi language’.
- World Hindi Day: It is observed on 10th January.
- The Day commemorates the anniversary of the first World Hindi Conference held in Nagpur on 10th January, 1975, which saw 122 delegates from 30 countries participating in it.
- The World Hindi Secretariat building was inaugurated in Mauritius in 2018.
- Hindi is spoken in Countries outside India: Hindi is the fifth most spoken language among the total languages spoken in the world.
- It is spoken in Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, USA, UK, Germany, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, Uganda, Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad, Mauritius, and South Africa.
Government Initiatives to Promote Hindi:
- The Central Hindi Directorate was established in 1960 by the Government of India under the Ministry of Education.
- Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has established ‘Hindi Chairs’ in various foreign universities/institutions abroad.
- LILA-Rajbhasha (Learn Indian Languages through Artificial Intelligence) is a multimedia based intelligent self-tutoring application for learning Hindi.
- E-Saral Hindi Vakya Kosh and E-Maha Shabda Kosh Mobile App, both initiatives of the Department of Official Language, aim to harness information technology for the growth of Hindi.
- Rajbhasha Gaurav Puraskar and Rajbhasha Kirti Puraskar recognise contributions to Hindi.