The language and culture of a country are deeply interconnected. Hence, culture gets deeply impacted by the language or the mother tongue of a country. As Indians, we all are well aware of how our inclination towards learning a foreign language embedded the Western culture in our minds. Rita Mae Brown once rightly said, “Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.”
Hindi - The mother tongue of India is the 3rd most spoken language in the world but unfortunately it is still neglected by The United Nations Organization. The reason for this is quite obvious as it has not been given adequate significance and respect in our own country. The current situation of Hindi is not satisfactory and sincere efforts are required to help regain its glory. Thus, to make Indians realise the importance of Hindi, every year, since 1953, 14th September is celebrated as "Hindi Diwas".
In order to spread the importance and significance of Hindi, Manthan SVK celebrated "Hindi Diwas" along with teachers and students on 7th September 2020 through video conferencing. Mrs. Padmawati Pandey honoured us with her presence at the event too. Mrs. Padmawati Pandey, is a diversified personality having 33+ years of Teaching Experience (B.A, B.Ed, M.A (Hindi)). She has worked with reputed Government and Private Schools of India, Embassy of India and coordinated Co-Curricular activities with Kendriya Vidyalayas.
The session was knit together by Manthan SVK teacher-volunteer Ms. Pratibha Rani Ji. Sadhvi Deepa Bharti Ji, Program Coordinator, Manthan SVK, also shared her thoughts on the importance of our mother tongue and how it helps us to connect with our culture.
To make the online programme more interactive and engaging several competitions and activities were organized like online essay writing competition, poem recitation, collaborative recitation of couplets and QnAs in Hindi, wherein students from all Manthan SVK centres participated with full zeal and enthusiasm. Teacher Volunteer, Ms. Mamta Swarupam, also shared a poem written by Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji, titled "Kadam Milakar Chalna Hoga", which instilled patriotism in everyone.
The programme included short sessions of riddles and brain teasers. In the end, Ms. Padmawati Ji shared her valuable thoughts on the glory of Hindi Language. She mentioned that Hindi itself is quite flexible and has a lot of potential. It has now become quite easy to type articles in Hindi using Computer. Indian Government has also taken some steps through educational policies to re-establish the connection with language and to make students realise the importance of their mother tongue. This will eventually help everyone to rediscover their culture and values.
The session was concluded with a collective realisation of the importance of Hindi language and the resolve to respect it.
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