Borrowing liberally from other languages during his address at the World Hindi Conference, Prime Minister Narendra Modi not only set the tone for the 10th World Hindi Conference, but also for Hindi as a language.
Stressing on the need for organising workshops in Hindi and other Indian languages and including words from them in Hindi, the PM on Thursday had sent out a message that the language should remain open to accept popular words from other languages, a stance that has found support among a section of linguist.
While senior journalist Rahul Dev termed Modi's strategy as “revolutionary,” writer Dinesh Gupta maintained that to remain relevant and become popular, a language must be open to popular words and phrases from other language.
“Latin had its golden days, but it became extinct as it was not open to words from other languages…Linguist then preferred a puritan attitude that ultimately killed that language,” Gupta said.
Addressing a session at the conference, popular Hindi poet Ashok Chakradhar said the language would “grow stronger when it would be used in/with computers.”
However, a section of conservatives, like Nalin Kohli, maintained that purity of a language must be maintained else it may kill the language. Referring to the infusion of English words in Hindi newspapers and radio FMs, he said, “The trend should be restrained through ministry of broadcasting and information.”
Charting a middle path, former director of MP Sahitya Akademi Devendra Deepak, said: “Language is like a flowing stream. It naturally carries with it anything found in abundance in that area. Some words gain more usage in some areas or at some period of time while others may lose importance.”