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Give Hindi its due: Mulayam

india Updated: Sep 15, 2006 01:23 IST
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41 litterateurs, mediapersons felicitated

ANNOUNCING that money would not be a problem in promoting Hindi, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav opened his government’s coffers while honouring 41 litterateurs and mediapersons on the occasion of Hindi Diwas on Thursday. At the felicitation function organised by the UP Hindi Sansthan, the CM lavished generous praise on litterateurs and mediapersons before giving cash awards worth Rs 36.92 lakh to them.   

He directed the chief secretary to raise the prize money to Rs 1 lakh in those categories of awards announced by the Hindi Sansthan where it was Rs 25,000 and Rs 50,000. “Rs 25,000 is hardly enough to meet the cost of travelling, food and lodging. We would increase the amount substantially,” he said. 

The CM felt that though Indians had got freedom from the English rule, but people were still mentally slave. “English is still favoured to Hindi. I am not in favour of removing English language. But, it should not be treated as a necessity. The Parliament has to take the initiative. Ideally all proceedings of the Parliament should be recorded in Hindi and other regional languages,” he added.

The CM asked for a ‘people’s movement’ to give Hindi its due and urged litterateurs and mediapersons to work towards ensuring this. “Every award also brings some more responsibility. As litterateurs and mediapersons, you have a role to play in promoting Hindi. Politicians can’t do much in this regard for their actions are viewed with suspicion,” he said. 

The Bharat Bharati award with a cash prize of Rs 2.51 lakh was given to renowned Hindi critic Dr Namvar Singh.

Dr Singh said that a proper atmosphere should be created for the development of Hindi. “UP is an important state and should play its role in promoting Hindi,” he said. Dr Singh showered praise on the Chief Minister for honouring litterateurs.

Famous litterateur and journalist, Dr Kanhaiya Lal Nandan, who presided over the function, underlined the need for a collective effort in promoting the language. 

Vice chairman of UP Hindi Sansthan, Som Thakur said Hindi Sansthan would set up Sahitya Parishads in various parts of the State. The CM also inaugurated website of Hindi Sansthan.