18 February 2012

Indian themes on foreign stamps..


World Hindi Convention



World Hindi Convention is to promote Hindi Language & to mobilize other nations towards giving recognition to Hindi as the seventh official language of the United Nations.  The six UN languages are English, French, Spanish, Russian , Chinese and Arabic.

The conference is held to appeal Indian expats to pressures their respective governments to support this move.

So far, nine such conferences have been held. They were held at Nagpur (1975), Mauritius (1976), New Delhi (1983), Mauritius (1993), Port of Spain, Trinidad (1996), London (1999) , Paramaribo in Surinam (2003), New York - UN HQ (2007) &  Mauritius(2011)

Hindi, as recognized by the Constitution of India, is the official language (in addition to English) of the Republic of India, and the common second language of Mauritius, Fiji, Trinidad, Guyana and Surinam.

Some objectives of these conferences are 
(1) To make Hindi teaching and the Devnagri script popular.
(2) To prepare a standard syllabi
(3) To give recognition to Hindi teachers working on foreign soil
(4) To tone up the World Hindi Secretariat
(5) Promote the opening up of regional offices of the secretariat
(6) To launch a Hindi language-centric web site at the world level.
(7) To publish a simple book in Hindi on technical subjects.
(8) To prepare a data base about foreign institutes and teachers teaching at these institutes.
(9) Expatriats should help in popularizing Hindi globally
(10) India to establish a research centre in Wardha for foreign scholars.
(11) To establish a Central Hindi Institute to promote Hindi globally
(12) To establish Hindi Chairs at foreign universities.
(13) To promote Hindi as the language of modern science and commerce
(14) To promote the use of Hindi at all the conferences organized by the India in India and abroad
At the first World Hindi Conference held in Nagpur (1975), the first Prime Minister and Father of Nation of Mauritius, Sir Seewoosagar Ramgoolam, as leader of the Mauritian delegation to the Conference, proposed the setting up of a permanent World Hindi Secretariat (WHS) in Mauritius. The foundation stone of the Secretariat was laid by the then Minister of Human Resource Development of India Hon’ble Sri Murli Manohar Joshi during his visit to Mauritius in 2001. The land for the WHS building has been provided by the Government of Mauritius, construction of the building will be made by the Government of India.


Mauritius released  stamps in 1976 after India in 1975.


- Kenneth Sequeira,  Dubai-UAE

email : kenneth.sequeira@hotmail.com



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