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Minister Hails Role Of Fiji Hindi

July 03
12:12 2015

Education Minister Mahendra Reddy says the Fiji Hindi dialect has remained and evolved and needs to be preserved.

He says Fiji sits within a global region identified for language loss because of the effects of colonialism.

Mr Reddy made the comment on Wednesday night during the opening for Kaise Baat IV at USP.

The programme Kaise Baat was initiated in 2012 by Mohit Prasad with a view to encouraging academic and community nexus on promoting, reviving, and discussing Fiji – Hindi as a plantation language unique to the Fiji Islands.

Mr Reddy said Fiji Hindi was a unique language which grew from the Indenture experiences and became the common language from diverse groups of dialects and languages from India.

“This included dialects from North India like Bhojhpuri and Awadi among others and South Indian languages like Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam after 1903. Fiji Hindi evolved as a common language with borrowings from these languages as well as from Fijian and English,” he said.

Mr Reddy said it remained and evolving language and has its own distinct language varieties and local dialects like the Vanua Levu Fiji Hindi.

“Fiji Hindi has also become the common language among later free Indian migrants to Fiji and common currency in spoken words between Indo – Fijians and other ethnic groups like the Indigenous Fijians or iTaukei, Chinese migrants, Other Pacific Islanders and part – Europeans,” he said.

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