10th World Hindi Conference held in Bhopal
It was the third conference to be held in India. The two earlier conferences were held in Nagpur (1975) and New Delhi (1985).
The 10th World Hindi Conference was held for three days between 10 September and 12 September 2015 at the Lal Parade Ground in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
The conference was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It was organised by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in cooperation with the Government of Madhya Pradesh.
During its three day course, the conference was attended by noted Hindi scholars from across the country and the world. They deliberated on 16 aspects for universalisation of Hindi language.
About World Hindi Conference
• It was conceptualized in Wardha of Maharashtra in 1973 and the first conference was held in Nagpur in 1975.
• The objective of the conference is to propagate the use of the language across the world.
• So far, India hosted the event for three times including the present conference. India hosted it for the second time in 1983 in New Delhi.
• The conference was also held in Mauritius in 1976 and 1993, in Trinidad and Tobago in 1996, in London (1999), Surinam (2003), New York (2007) and Johannesburg (2012).
Hindi usage at the Global level
• As per an estimate, Hindi-Urdu (Hindustani) is spoken by around 405 million across the world including 240 million native speakers.
• Majority of its speakers reside in India and Nepal and few are in South Africa and Mauritius.
• It is also the fourth highest spoken language in the world next only to English (1500 million), Mandarin (1025 million) and Russian (250 million).
• However, in terms of native speakers, Mandarin stands first with 845 million speakers while native English speakers are only 328 million.
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