Locals celebrate World Hindi Day

Promoting the Hindi language: Vice-president of the Hindi Shiksha Sangh,Viren Singh, Consul General of India, Dr Shashank Vikram, president of Hindi Shiksha Sangh, Professor Usha Shukla and Hindi Shiksha Sangh, COO, Rajish Lutchman at the press briefing at the Consul General Office in Durban.

It is said that language is the life blood of any community. With these words, the Consul General of India in Durban together with the Hindi Shiksha Sangh celebrated World Hindi Day which was observed on Tuesday.

At a press briefing held at the Consul General offices in Durban, Dr Shashank Vikram said that his offices were delighted to partner with the Hindi Shiksha Sangh to promote, preserve and promote the ancient old language and culture, Hindi. He said the organisation is already doing an excellent job in promoting Hindi through its radio station and organisation.

President of the Hindi Shiksha Sangh, Prof Usha Shukla said, “We are equally delighted to partner with the Consul General of India Offices in Durban. Presently, we share a wonderful relationship and we want to continue in the same spirit.  Language is the vehicle of culture and it is also our birth right. It explains our birth right and our identity.”

Hindi Shiksha Sangh COO, Rajish Lutchman, in a bid to commemorate World Hindi Day, a series of exciting programmes will be held. The programme started on January 10 and runs until the 13. “On Tuesday, we begin with a junior quiz.  This will be followed by a radio talk show on Wednesday. The topic will be on the influence of Hindi cinema in sustaining the interest of Hindi in the Indian diaspora.  We will host another talk show on the environment and a poetry recital.  On Friday, we will honour all the Hindi teachers for their meritorious contribution in promoting and teaching the language.”

World Hindi Day is celebrated to promote Hindi on a global stage. It is the addition to National Hindi Day which is observed annually on September 14.  The purpose of the World Hindi Day celebration is to create awareness of the language at an international stage with the aim to present it as an international language.

Hindi is the fourth most spoken language of the world. It is the first language of around 430 million around the world. Apart from India, the language is also spoken in Nepal, Guyana, Trinidad, Fiji and Mauritius.




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