Hindi, along with Chinese and English, will rule digital world: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the inauguration of the 10th World Hindi Conference, in Bhopal on Thursday. Highlighting the importance of Hindi and the need for enriching it, Mr. Modi said, “If we forget Hindi, it will be a loss to the country.”  

Stating that English, Chinese and Hindi will rule the digital world in the coming days, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday noted that the language market was huge and companies could cash in on it by developing apps at the earliest.

Inaugurating the 10th Vishwa Hindi Sammelan (World Hindi Conference) at the Lal Parade ground here, Mr. Modi also called for steps to preserve endangered languages and pointed to concerns voiced by scholars that 90 per cent of the 6,000 languages world-over faced the risk of becoming relics from the past.

“In the days to come, three languages — English, Chinese and Hindi — will be influential in the digital world,” he said.

Need to enrich it

Highlighting the importance of Hindi and the need for enriching it, Mr. Modi said, “If we forget Hindi, it will be a loss to the country.”

“Though my mother tongue is Gujarati, I think at times what would have happened to me had I not known Hindi. I know fairly well the strength of knowing any language,” he said, adding at the same time that the focus should not be on only promoting Hindi but other endangered languages as well.

A linguistic threat

“If we don’t take note of the warning of the language scholars, these languages will be relegated to history. If there is no language, how can literature survive. If we don’t conserve and protect our languages, then they will die... become extinct and lead to a situation akin to where we have to watch a film to know what the dinosaur looked like,” he said.

The Prime Minister also stressed that language should remain inclusive and not exclusive.

“It would be good if workshops of various regional languages spoken across the country can be organised to include good words of those languages in Hindi.

“It is the responsibility of every generation to protect, if possible, conserve its heritage and introduce it to the next generations. Whenever something written/engraved is found on a stone, the archaeological department spends years on research to find out what language it is,” he said.

Learnt Hindi as a tea-seller

Mr. Modi also recalled his days as a tea-seller in Gujarat and said he had learnt Hindi while selling tea to traders of Uttar Pradesh who would travel to Gujarat to buy buffaloes.

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