October 20 2009

Lovers of Hindi are extremely upset with the United Progressive Alliance government’s disinterest in promoting the national language at the international level. The ministry of external affairs was assigned the task to lobby for Hindi as the seventh official language at the United Nations. But the one hundred crore project has not made much headway. As part of the programme, the ministry was supposed to have lobbied for Hindi in 50 countries. Activists feel that one major reason for the lack of an aggressive drive is the absence of Hindi-speaking ministers in the ministry. Neither SM Krishna nor his predecessors went beyond the routine to promote Hindi internationally.

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