Govt Spends 400 Crores to Make Hindi Official Language at the UN!
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Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs stated that the Indian Government is ready to spend Rs.400 crores to make Hindi as the official language. During the parliamentary sessions, Sushma Swaraj briefed the Lok Sabha about the Indian Government’s efforts in making Hindi as an official language at the United Nations.
We require the backing of 129 nations (out of 193) to make Hindi as an official language at the UN. The cost for this program should be borne by all the member nations, which can be a financial burden on small nations. The Govt. is even ready to spend [answering to a BJP’s MP claim that India should spend Rs.40 crores] Rs.400 crores for the same, but the UN’s rules don’t allow, said Sushma Swaraj.
In between, Shashi Tharoor questioned to why India is trying to make Hindi as an official language in the UN, citing that, Hindi is not the only official language in India.
Sushma Swaraj replied stating that, Hindi is also the official language of Fiji, and is even widely spoken in the Caribbean islands and other island-nations in the Indian ocean.
In the past, PM Modi addressed the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in Hindi in September 2014, and former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee also addressed the UNGA in Hindi in 1977 in his historical speech.
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