27 countries, 2,000 participants at world Hindi meet in Bhopal

New Delhi, Aug 31 (IANS) Around 2,000 participants from India and 27 countries are expected to attend the 10th edition of the Vishwa Hindi Sammelan to be held on September 10-12 in Bhopal.

The 10th World Hindi Conference (WHC), to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will have as its theme “Hindi Jagat: Vistar evam Sambhavnai” (World of Hindi: Expansion and Scope), said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj here on Monday.

According to the minister, noted Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan will attend the closing ceremony on September 12, which will be presided over by union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Sushma Swaraj said while the earlier such events focused on literature, or Hindi Shitya, this time the NDA government has decided to change the “roop rekha” and focus it on the Hindi language.

She said 1,270 delegates have already registered to participate in the conference, being held at the Lal Parade Ground in Bhopal.

Besides, the conference will also see the participation of 464 students, 450 invited guests, and 250 special invitees, who will include government representatives, she said, giving out the itinerary.

Twenty Hindi scholars from India and as many from abroad, including of Indian origin, are to be honoured at the event. The list of names has been cleared by a special panel.

According to the minister, the previous conference at Johannesburg saw around 500-600 delegates participating. “But this time, we shall see over 2,000 people participating,” she said.

She said that they are expecting “5,000” people each for the inauguration and closing ceremonies. The conference will have 12 themes, and 28 sessions. The four main themes will be “Videsh Niti mein Hindi” or the use of Hindi in India’s foreign policy, which will be chaired by Sushma Swaraj; the use of Hindi in administration, to be chaired by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan; the use of Hindi in science, to be chaired by union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan and use of Hindi in information and technology, which will be chaired by union Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Among the other themes include one on Girmityas, or the diaspora living in Mauritius and Fiji, on children’s literature.

The three-day conference, which is also being partnered by the Madhya Pradesh government, will also see cultural events being held.The previous World Hindi Conference was held in Johannesburg, South Africa in September 2012.

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