The 11th World Hindi Conference has started in Port Louis the capital of Mauritius. A two-minute silence was observed in the beginning to pay tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
In her opening address, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that language and culture have deep-rooted relation and the theme of this year conference is “Hindi World and Indian Culture”.
For the first time, a special flight was also arranged for official delegates. Around 290 delegates have already arrived at Port Louis on Friday. This is also the first time that representatives from all 29 states and Union Territories of Delhi, Chandigarh, and Puducherry will be attending the conference.
The delegates from India and various countries of the world will deliberate on eight subtopics on Hindi World and Indian Culture during the three-day conference.
After the inauguration session, a report will also be released on the recommendation made during the 10th conference held in Bhopal in 2015.
World Hindi Conference was started in 1975 to make the Hindi language a medium of service and knowledge and enable it to move forward with the time. Since then, Hindi has made remarkable progress and it has become one of the prominent languages of the world.