Mauritius to host 11th World Hindi Conference

Jun 12, 2018 13:25 IST
Mauritius to host 11th World Hindi Conference

The 11th World Hindi Conference will be held in Mauritius from August 18 to August 20, 2018 with an aim to increase the popularity of Hindi globally.

The Union External Affairs Ministry has already undertaken the work on the international meet.

Theme and Venue of the 11th World Hindi Conference

The main theme of the Conference is ‘Hindi Vishwa Aur Bharatiy Sanskriti’.

The venue of the Conference is Swami Vivekanand International Convention Centre, Pailles Mauritius.


11th World Hindi Conference

• The World Hindi Secretariat (WHS) will be the organising authority of the event.

• The conference will cover both classical and modern elements of Hindi and will see participation of delegates and scholars of Hindi from all over the world.

• This World Hindi Conference seeks to produce concrete guidelines for the promotion of Hindi as a language of globalisation.

• The Ministry of External Affairs also aims to promote Hindi at the United Nations and in this regard, a lot of work is being done and the disclosures would be made at the World Hindi Conference.

• As part of the preparation, regular official visits to Port Louis have been taking place in the past few months including one by Secretary in charge of Eastern affairs in the Ministry, Preeti Saran.

• The special focus of this year’s event will be on Bollywood and the global reach of Hindi through movies.

Point to Note

Interestingly, though the World Hindi Secretariat (WHS), supported by India, is located in Mauritius, however, the Mauritius government does not promote Hindi on its website; nor is the language acknowledged there officially.

The website mentions English and French as the languages spoken in Mauritius, but leaves out Hindi referring merely to existing ‘Asian languages’.

Voices against the World Hindi Conference

Some of the leading literary voices of Hindi have raised their voice against the upcoming conference, stating that the conference might end up as a public relations exercise in view of the 2019 General Elections and urging the Ministry to use the event to support genuine scholars of Hindi.

One of the renowned Hindi scholars Purushottam Aggarwal author of Padmavat: An epic love story voiced against the conference stating that “These Hindi sammelans over the years have been reduced to meeting of old friends. This trend remains unchanged irrespective of the party in power in Delhi”.

Another noted literary figure Ashok Vajpeyi said that “Over the past few decades the event has been held both in India and abroad but it has failed to reinvent itself.”

About World Hindi Conference

• The World Hindi Conference was conceptualised in Wardha of Maharashtra in 1973 and the first conference was held in Nagpur in 1975.

• The Conference is organised once in every three years by the External Affairs Ministry with an aim to propagate the use of the Hindi 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).

Details of the previous 10 Conferences held so far:

S. NO.

Conference

Location

Date

1.

First World Hindi Conference

Nagpur, India

10-12 January, 1975

2.

Second World Hindi Conference

Port Louis, Mauritius

28-30 August, 1976

3.

Third World Hindi Conference

New Delhi, India

28-30 October, 1983

4.

Fourth World Hindi Conference

Port Louis, Mauritius

02-04 December, 1993

5.

Fifth World Hindi Conference

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

04-08 April, 1996

6.

Sixth World Hindi Conference

London, U.K.

14-18 September, 1999

7.

Seventh World Hindi Conference

Paramaribo, Suriname

6-9 June, 2003

8.

Eighth World Hindi Conference

New York, America

13-15 July, 2007

9.

Ninth World Hindi Conference

Johannesburg, South Africa

22-24 September, 2012

10.

Tenth World Hindi Conference

Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

10-12 September, 2015

 

 

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