Replying to questions in Lok Sabha, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, revealed that the United Nations rule of needing support of at least two-third (129 countries) members necessary to accord any language an official status, is proving to be a dampener.
Swaraj said the government would readily spend even Rs 400 crore on this, when pointed out the process of making Hindi an official language would incur an expenditure of Rs 40 crores. "Why should we put our future foreign ministers and Prime Ministers who may be from Tamil Nadu or West Bengal in a position where they are condemned to be speaking a language for which we are paying?" he asked. Shashi Tharoor was in opposition of the opinion, and said that Hindi is not the national language of India, it is the Official language. When the Prime Minister addresses such a large number of Indian-origin people, he speaks in Hindi. All member nations have to bear the expenses of making Hindi an official UN language, she said.
Sushma Swaraj will also share with her interlocutors information about the upcoming Asean-India Commemorative Summit that marks 25 years since the establishment of Dialogue Partnership between India and the regional bloc. Why do we need an official language in the UN? We are working on it, we are making attempts to get the support of countries like Fiji, Mauritius, Surinam... where people of Indian origin are there. Seeking to promote Hindi raises an important question. "In this regard, one significant achievement has been the United Nations broadcasting its programmes on the U.N. Radio website in Hindi language also", she had replied.
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Swaraj hit back at Tharoor and said Hindi is spoken in many other countries as well. "Sushma Ji and all those for Hindi...come learn the South Indians languages.they are attractive", the user tweeted.
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