EAM S Jaishankar to inaugurate 12th World Hindi Conference in Fiji 

50 different countries will participate in the event

New Delhi | Updated: 11 February, 2023 7:45 pm IST
External affairs minister Dr S Jaishankar will visit Fiji for the first time to attend the World Hindi Conference.

India will jointly organize the 12th World Hindi Conference from February 15-17 in cooperation with the Fiji government will be held in Nadi in Fiji. In a special briefing on Saturday Ministry of External Affairs announced in Hindi, “The 12th World Hindi Conference will be held in Fiji from February 15-17.

As you all know this government is giving importance to Hindi and in past few 7-8 years strength of Hindi has just increased.” The press conference addressed by MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi, Saurabh Kumar’s secretary east, and Ravindra Prasad Jaiswal joint secretary shared details of the event. “On 15th February world, Hindi conference will be inaugurated by EAM Dr. S Jaishankar and Fiji PM Sitiveni Rabuka, Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan and Minister of State in Ministry of Home Affairs Ajay Kumar Mishra will also be present during the event. The concluding session will be done by Deputy PM Biman Prasad” said Saurabh Kumar Secy (East). EAM’S visit to Fiji will be an important one as this will be the first visit by India after a new government is formed there.

“PM Modi uses Hindi in a maximum way, in several speeches he has used the language Hindi for communication. He has given speeches in Hindi not only in India but also in foreign countries. Because of this, Hindi has got status and respect, value, and several are motivated to speak Hindi,” said MEA Secretary.

This year the theme of the Conference is “Hindi: From Traditional Knowledge to Artificial Intelligence. The conference will be held at the Denarau Island Convention Center in Nadi, Fiji. Recently, Fijian Deputy PM Biman Prasad met EAM Jaishankar to discuss the issue.

The decision to organize the 12th World Hindi Conference in Fiji was taken at the 11th World Hindi Conference held in Mauritius. Till now there have been 11 editions of the conference in different countries with three being hosted in India. Rashtra bhasha Prachar Samiti, Wardha, hosted the first such event in 1975 at Nagpur.

“Hindi has made limited progress in the United Nations. U.N. press releases are now available in Hindi. We are trying to get Hindi its rightful place at the U.N.” said Saurabh Kumar, Secretary (East), MEA. In 1950, Hindi was made the official language of the Union of India. The official language of India is designated as Hindi in Devanagari script in Article 343 of the Indian Constitution.

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