Global Importance of Hindi


Global Profile of Hindi Language   

a443f538314d830b06167f548083e74aThe Hindi language consists of 11 vowels and 35 consonants and is written in a script called "Devanagari". Hindi is equipped with a rich consonant system, with about 38 distinct consonant units of sounds. However, the number of phonemes, as these units of sound cannot be accurately determined, owing to the large number of dialects that exist, which employ many derivative forms of the consonant repertoire. However, the traditional core of the consonant system is directly inherited from Sanskrit with additional seven sounds conjectured to have originated from Persian and Arabic.

Regions where spoken

With over 500 million speakers, Hindi is the second-most spoken language after Chinese. Hindi has undergone a considerable change before it was adopted as the "Rajyabhasha" (National language) of India. 

As per the theory of the Indo-Aryan linguistic classification system, Hindi resides in the Central Zone of languages. As per a 1991 census report, Hindi was proclaimed by over 77 % of the Indian population as the "one language across the nation". Hindi is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, due to the large population of India. According to the 1991 census of India (which encompasses all the dialects of Hindi, including those that might be considered separate languages by some linguists—e.g., Bhojpuri), Hindi is the mother tongue of about 337 million Indians, or about 40% of India's population that year. According to SIL International's Ethnologue,  about 180 million people in India regard standard (Khari Boli) Hindi as their mother tongue, and another 300 million use it as a second language. Outside India, Hindi speakers number around 8 million in Nepal, 890,000 in South Africa, 685,000 in Mauritius, 317,000 in the US. 233,000 in Yemen, 147,000 in Uganda, 30,000 in Germany, 20,000 in New Zealand and 5,000 in Singapore, while the UK, UAE, Canada and Australia  also have notable populations of Hindi speakers and bilingual or trilingual speakers who translate and interprete between English to Hindi or Hindi to English in combination with other Indian or foreign langugaes. 

Development & Spread

Hindi's present texture is heavily influenced by the Sankritization approach endorsed by the Indian Government after the Partition of 1947. Hindi, in its original form prior to Independence, shared a considerable degree of verbal similarity with Urdu. Hindi and Urdu were often referred together as a single entity titled "Hindustani", along with several other languages like Awadhi, Bagheli, Bihari (and its dialects), Rajasthani (and its dialects) and Chhatisgarhi. However, the approach advocated in virtually every educational institution and medium of public information, employs a Sanskrit-oriented language developed by Indian scholars along the lines of the Varanasi dialect.


Devanagari script

Important Writers or Works

Ramdhari Singh 'Dinkar', Jaishankar Prasad, Sumitranandan Pant, Maithili Sharan Gupta, Suryakant Tripathi 'Nirala', Mahadevi Verma, Sachchidananda Hirananda Vatsyayana, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Nagarjun, Dharmveer Bharti, Ashok Vajpayee, Bharatendu Harishchandra, Mahapandit Rahul Sankrityayan, Acharya Ram Chandra Shukla, Mahadevi Verma, Munshi Premchand, Phanishwar Nath Renu, Harishankar Parsai, Ramvriksh Benipuri, Chakradhar Sharma Guleri, Vishnu Prabhakar, Amrit Lal Naagar, Bheeshm Sahni, Suryakant Nirala

Hindi Localization and information technology

There are a variety of popular fonts used in Hindi typing; Unicode, Mangal, krutidev, etc. A team of scientists and experts are already working to develop machine translation software and standardize Hindi, however they have not been able to make any major break through. The recent consciousness towards increasing profile of Hindi language has given hope to millions of hindi speakers and it is hoped that in times to come Hindi will get recognition and become United Nations official language. This is the time Hindi Center, Hindi universities, Hindi NGOs and millions of Hindi speakers should join hands to increase profile of Hindi. Hindi Cinema and Bollywood has already made a good contribution, similarly Hindi Media has done wonders. 

Based on the growing importance of Hindi at global front, the future for English to Hindi translation and Hindi to English translation is bright. However, Indian needs efforts to develop online hindi to English Dictionary and English to Hindi Dictionary and develop online Hindi language training programs. 

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