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Hindi Diwas 2020- Hindi Diwas History, Importance, Concept of Hindi Diwas

Hindi Diwas is an annual day observed on the 14th of September every year in Northern India to celebrate the adoption of Hindi language as one of the official languages of India. Read on to know more about Hindi Diwas, Origin of Hindi language, its Relevance and much more

Hindi Diwas 2020

Hindi Diwas is observed on the 14th of September every year. Hindi Diwas is observed to commemorate the adoption of Hindi language written in Devnagri script, as one of the two official languages of the Republic of India approved by the Constituent Assembly of India. Hindi Diwas is celebrated to emphasize the importance of Hindi language which is losing its importance in the country. The Hindi language is known to be the third most spoken language in the world. Hindi Diwas is a day to devote and express the relevance of the Hindi language in the country and across the world. Hindi Diwas is an annual day and it is indeed a very good approach to emphasize the importance of Hindi language.

What is the History of Hindi Diwas?

India is a country with various diversified cultures and languages. Although most of the states in India have their regional languages still Hindi language is the most spoken language in the country. In 1918 during a Hindi literature conference Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi urged to make Hindi the national language of India. Many people like Kaka Kalelkar, Maithili Sharan Gupt, and Seth Govind das made efforts for the same but the efforts brought results on the 50th birthday of Beohar Rajendra Simha on 14th of September 1949. The day was marked as the first Hindi Diwas (14th of September 1949), and the Hindi language was adopted as the official language of India by the Constitution. As mentioned in the article 343 of the Constitution of India, Hindi language written in Devnagri script is one of the two languages of India, English being the second one.

Some facts and figures about the Hindi language

The Hindi language is considered one of the most spoken languages as it is spoken by over 250 million people keeping in view the huge population of Indians in as well as outside of the country. If we go through the census of 2011, inside the country itself the Hindi language is spoken by about 43.6 percent of the whole population of India. The Hindi language is also known to be the third most spoken language in the world.

How is Hindi Diwas Celebrated?

A lot of importance has been given to Hindi Diwas in India. Students are encouraged to increase the use of the Hindi language and learn about it. On this day, various Hindi literature activities are organized and students of schools and colleges are motivated to participate in various literature and cultural activities in the Hindi language. On the occasion of Hindi Diwas, Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan also organizes a function where the President of India presents awards to those who have made some major and influential contributions to the Hindi language and its use.

Some notable events of Hindi Diwas

  • Awards in different categories for achieving the excellence in different fields related to the Hindi language has been conferred by the former President of India, Pranab Mukherjee Ji at a function in Vigyan Bhavan (New Delhi)
  • Various awards known as Rajbhasha Awards have been conferred to various government sectors viz, Ministries, Departments, PSUs and National Banks
  • In an order dated 25thof March 2015, The Ministry of Home Affairs has changed the names of two awards presented annually on Hindi diwas. The name of “Indira Gandhi Rajbhasha Puraskar” instituted in 1986 has been changed to “Rajbhasha Kirti Puraskar” and the name of “Rajiv Gandhi Rashtriya Gyan-Vigyan Maulik Pustak Lekhan Puraskar” has been changed to “Rajbhasha Gaurav Puraskar”

 Some Quotes about Hindi Diwas

“हिंदी हमारे राष्ट्र की अभिव्यक्ति का सरलतम स्त्रोत है।”
सुमित्रानंदन पंत
“Hindi is the simplest source of expression of our nation”
Sumitranandan Pant
“जिस देश को अपनी भाषा और साहित्य का अनुभव नहीं है, वह उन्नत नहीं हो सकता।”
डॉ राजेंद्र प्रसाद
“A country that does not take pride in its language and literature can never progress”
Dr Rajendra Prasad
“राष्ट्रभाषा के बिना राष्ट्र गूंगा है
महात्मा गांधी
“A nation is dumb without a national language”
Mahatma Gandhi
“हिंदी भारतीय संस्कृति की आत्मा है”
कमलापति त्रिपाठी
“Hindi is the soul of Indian culture”
Kamlapati Tripathi
“Hindi Diwas is not a day only; it promotes national unity among people”

Some Interesting facts about the Hindi language

  • An interesting fact about the Hindi language is that “Hindi” is basically a Persian word and the very first poem written in the Hindi language was written by the renowned poet “Amir Khushro”
  • To add more to the surprising fact, the very first literature on the history of Hindi language was written and composed by a French writer “Grasim the Taisi”
  • The most commonly used word in the Hindi language is “Namaste”
  • In the year 1977, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji, the first external affairs minister, addressed the United Nations General Assembly for the very first time in the Hindi language.
  • The first Hindi web portal came into existence in the year 2000

Hindi Diwas - FAQs

1. When is Hindi Diwas celebrated?
Hindi Diwas is celebrated on 14th of September every year
2. Why is Hindi Diwas celebrated on the 14th of September?
On the 14th of September 1949, the Hindi language written in Devnagri script was adopted as the official language of India by the Constituent Assembly of India.
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