10th World Hindi Conference
Date of Issue : 10 September 2015
The 10th World Hindi Conference was inaugurated by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 10th September 2015 at Bhopal and on the occasion he released a commemorative stamp on 10th World Hindi Conference in presence of Minister of Communications and Information Technology Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of External Affairs Smt. Sushma Swaraj and other dignitaries.
The 10th World Hindi Conference (WHC) is being organized from 10-12 September 2015 in the city of Bhopal at Lal Parade Ground by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India in partnership with the Government of Madhya Pradesh. The decision to organize the 10th edition of the Conference in India was taken at the 9th World Hindi Conference held in Johannesburg, South Africa in September 2012.
The tradition of the World Hindi Conferences began with the first conference having been organized in Nagpur and inaugurated on 10th January, 1975 by Smt. Indira Gandhi, the Prime Minister of India. A commemorative stamp was released on this occasion. Since then, these conferences have achieved a global profile and momentum of their own. The subsequent World Hindi Conferences were organized in different countries, namely, twice in India (Nagpur: 10-12 January, 1975 and New Delhi: 28-30 October, 1983), twice in Mauritius (Both in Port Louis: 28-30 August, 1976 and 02-04 December, 1993), Trinidad and Tobago (Port of Spain: 04-08 April, 1996), UK (London: 14-18 September, 1999), Suriname (Paramaribo: 06-09 June, 2003), USA (New York: 13-15 July, 2007) and South Africa (Johannesburg: 22-24 September, 2012).
The objective of the World Hindi Conference is the promotion of Hindi globally as a world language. Hindi in its different forms is spoken in a large number of countries that extend across the globe, from countries with small Hindi speaking communities to countries where a substantial minority of the population speak Hindi such as Mauritius, Suriname, Fiji etc. Hindi is not restricted to people of Indian origin; there have been many eminent scholars of Hindi based in Europe who have contributed to the study of the language. World Hindi conferences aim at recognition of Hindi as a language of not only literature but also a language that is capable of adapting itself to modern science and technology.
Courtesy – Indian Philately Digest