Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today said that one should learn all kinds of languages, be it English or even German, but not at the cost of Hindi. Speaking at a function in Bhopal on the occasion of Hindi Diwas 2017 today, the chief minister said, “Am not against English. One should learn English or German, but not at the cost of Hindi,” ANI reported.
Pointing out that no one in the country must be ashamed of speaking Hindi, the chief minister further added as per the agency, “Hindi is the third largest spoken language across the globe, then why should people be ashamed of speaking the language.” While giving his example Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that even after studying in Hindi medium, he had been the state chief minister for twelve years, the agency added.
The day is celebrated as Hindi Diwas, as the language was given the official status in the Constitution on September 14, 1949, said India Today. According to the report, after the Constituent Assembly was constituted in the year 1946, the language issue was the primary concern of the members.
As English was already being used in official matters by the Britishers, the members of the Constituent Assembly then decided to include Hindi written in Devanagari script along with English as the working language, India Today added. Feeling the need to promote Hindi in the country, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru decided to celebrate September 14 as Hindi Diwas, which was first celebrated in 1953.