Celebrating World Hindi Day

Rokiah Mahmud

Hindi language is a symbol of India’s ancient and rich civilisation as well as symbol of unity, said High Commissioner of India to Brunei Darussalam Ajaneesh Kumar.

“Hindi is not only the country’s most-spoken language, but it is the third most-spoken language in the world with at least 615 million speakers after English and Mandarin,” he said at the World Hindi Day at Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (YSHHB) School on Saturday, organised by the Indian High Commission in Brunei Darussalam as part of the efforts to promote the Hindi language.

“The world Hindi Day is celebrated on the same day when the first World Hindi Conference took place in 1975. The World Hindi Day marks the anniversary of the conference inaugurated by then Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi.

“Since then, the World Hindi Conference has taken place in different countries including United Kingdom, Mauritius, and the United States of America,” Ajaneesh said.

The Indian High Commission in Brunei Darussalam also marked the World Hindi Day to promote the Hindi language by engaging with local educational institutions.

Ten students from YSHHB Primary School, nine from YSHHB Secondary School and three teachers performed poem recital, Hindustani songs and dialogues from popular Bollywood movies. Fourteen pupils from the TASKA YSHHB also performed at the event.

Sixteen students and teachers, who won in different categories at the event, were awarded cash, certificates and books.

High Commissioner of India to Brunei Darussalam Ajaneesh Kumar speaks at the event. PHOTOS: ROKIAH MAHMUD
Schoolchildren perform during the event