Modi, Union Ministers Greet People on Hindi Diwas
© AP Photo / STRIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves at the crowd as he arrives to attend the Central Election Committee meeting at the headquarters of the Bharatiya Janata Party in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Sep. 13, 2023.
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Hindi Diwas (Hindi Day) has been observed annually since 14 September 1949, the day when the Constituent Assembly announced that Hindi will be the official language of the Union government.
On Thursday, 14 September Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with other federal ministers, extended warm greetings to the people of India on the auspicious occasion of Hindi Diwas.
"Best wishes to all my family members on Hindi Diwas. I wish that Hindi language will continue to strengthen the thread of national unity and goodwill,” Prime Minister Modi posted on X (formerly Twitter).
In his message to all Indians, federal Home Minister Amit Shah said that Hindi unites the diversity of languages in India, and it has honoured different Indian as well as global languages and dialects.
He expressed confidence that Hindi will become a medium to empower all the local languages.
Shah also said India has taken initiatives to promote the use of Hindi in the United Nations (UN).
Meanwhile, many other celebrities and politicians took to social media and wished citizen on Hindi Diwas.
The 2011 linguistic census, accounts for 121 mother tongues, including 22 official languages.
Hindi boasts an impressive reputation as the most widely spoken language, with a staggering 520 million people, which accounts for a remarkable 43.6% of the population. An additional 139 million individuals, exceeding 11 percent, graciously embrace Hindi as their secondary language, further solidifying its profound influence.
Second to Hindi, Bengali is the primary language of 97 million (about 8 percent).