Hindi is spoken by a large number of people worldwide. Its glory faded in the din of globalization. Slowly, it is reviving its lost charm
in 1991, Narasimha Rao government came in to power at the centre. It was during his regime that the financial policy of India started changing. People started hypothesizing on the effects of globalization. One of them was negative effect of globalization on our languages and culture. It was suspected that globalization is going to directly affect our regional languages and culture. But, all of it has been proven wrong. Now it seems globalization has strengthened our language and culture. As a society, we are growing stronger. Our culture and language will be more publicized. Strength of a society and its financial prowess depends on its work efficient population. Prime Minister Modi has proved this strength throughout the world in just two and half years of his tenure.
Tally giving the right pictures on the number of Hindi speaking people in the world is contradictory in itself. People working against Hindi keep playing with the numbers. Reason is very much clear; they want to show its reduced number. Jayanti Prasad Nautiyal has done an analysis on it. Number of people speaking Mandarin is just little more than a billion. Nautiyal says while we look for Hindi speaking people we just count people speaking ‘khadi boli’. We leave the regional languages like Rajasthani, Haryanvi, Maithili, Bhojpuri, Brajbhasha, Awadhi etc. People against Hindi will tell it a number game.
If we check the reality in these regions, here mode of education is Hindi only. Due to the absence of language consciousness, they might use to register their regional language as their mother tongue. This has become a weapon for the people who are against Hindi. They argue, Hindi restricts development of these regional languages. As people are getting rational, these useless allegations are decreasing. Hindi is getting popular in non Hindi belt too. Hindi Cinema, serials and of course electronic media has played a vital role in making Hindi popular in non Hindi speaking areas.
This is to be noted that the total population of world is around 7 billion. Accordingly, every sixth person in the world is Hindi speaking. Even Chinese people are making efforts to learn Hindi. An officer from Hindi Sansthan of Central government informed, “In last 20-25 years, the number of foreigner students opting for Hindi as subject has increased.” In countries like China, Japan, Australia, US and European nations, Hindi has occupied a significant spot in academic circles. Oxford University Press has already started online dictionary for Hindi. Dr. Prem Singh, Head of Hindi department in Delhi University, served as visiting faculty in Sofia university of Bulgaria. He says, “In foreign countries, there are two aspects of Hindi language. One is related to the NRIs who are doing creative writing like poems, stories, dramas etc. On the other hand, people are involved in teaching and studying Hindi too.” Jawaharlal Nehru had established Hindi chair in foreign universities. Now, Professors going from India for those chairs are contributing valuably there. Europeans feel Hindi language is the conveyor of Hindi culture. This is their basic reason behind learning Hindi. There was a time when foreigners used to love Hindi as a language but now that is somehow invisible. A Hindi teacher in Delhi University says, India is emerging as a big market. So, people are learning Hindi for their industrial interest. Huge population of India and economic development has its impact too.
In last two and half years, Modi government has intensified the propagation of Hindi too. This is one of the implications of PM’s foreign tour. PM Modi has realized that the world is looking at the possibilities of growing Indian economy. He has convinced the world that India is the best country in terms of investment and business. It is clear that if a country is going to do business with India, they have to communicate with people in Hindi. Language of manufactured product might be English but the language of consumer is Hindi itself. To achieve their profit, producers have to communicate with consumers on their level itself.
You can use Paytm app in Hindi. This shows the need and strength of Hindi. This is mere an example. Most of the private companies are encouraging Hindi language to make their product more impactful in market.
Due to new technique, Hindi could be read, spoken, written and taught overseas too. Internet has made Hindi available for all. You write here in Hindi in India and it will reach to America. Talk about Anna movement or Nirbhaya agitation both got driven by the social media only. People who are new in the world of social media could be astonished by the impact of Hindi over here. At last, Hindi has got its international perspective. Apart from the neighboring country, Hindi is flying high in the gulf countries, Europe, America, Canada, Australia and Singapore. Apart from the financial growth the impact of PM’s foreign trip should be seen in the context of social and cultural aspect too. PM Modi confidently delivered speeches in Hindi in front of NRIs on the foreign land. This makes NRIs proud of their language. Indian leaders delivering speech in Hindi on the stage of United Nations is not at all new. In this respect also Modi government is one step ahead. He is now trying to establish Hindi as official languages of United Nations. There is good news too for Hindi lover. Now, United Nations is going to transmit a Hindi program on its web radio as well.
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