- 11 October, 2016:
Government is committed to provide full support for the promotion of Hindi along with other ancestral languages and has left no stone unturned in this endeavor.
The Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, made this statement on 08th October 2016 on the occasion of the celebration of Hindi Diwas 2016 and Bhoomi Pooja for the World Hindi Secretariat at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Indian Culture. He further pointed out that Hindi has always played a great role in Mauritius.
He emphasised the importance of languages among which the Hindi language which he qualified as powerful vehicle of thoughts. According to him, Language translates our thoughts to words, feelings and expressions, adding that citizens in Mauritius are indeed lucky to live in a country where our diversity blossoms and blooms in unity.
Sir Anerood Jugnauth also spoke of the history of the Hindi Language which he said has been adopted as the official language of the Republic of India on 14th September 1949, and thereon has spread to several other countries. He retraced the origin of Hindi in Mauritius whereby he called for respect for our ancestors who came from India as Indentured labourers bringing along their religious, cultural and linguistic heritage which they preserved and handed over to us as legacy.
The Prime Minister underpinned the several developments with regards Hindi in Mauritius with the setting up of the Hindi Speaking Union in 1994 by his then Government to promote the Hindi language in its spoken and written forms. He further stressed that various facilities have been provided to promote friendship and understanding between the Hindi speaking peoples of the world and to engage in educational work designed to further this initiative.
He recalled the decision of the setting up of the World Hindi Secretariat in Mauritius which was raised at the First World Hindi Conference in Nagpur. He added that the foundation stone of the building was laid in 2015 during the visit of the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, and is expected to be ready for the Eleventh World Hindi Conference to be held in Mauritius in 2018.
He reiterated the importance and role of culture which he said shapes our identity. Culture including language paves the way for a human-centered, inclusive and equitable development. No development can be sustainable without it, he concluded.
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