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Sapkal Leads Celebration Of ‘Hindi Divas’

  Diversity of ethnicities helps promote Hindi in Fiji. This was highlighted by the Indian High Commissioner Vishvas Sapkal on Christmas Eve at the Indian High Commission in Butt Street,
27 Dec 2018 10:00
Sapkal Leads Celebration Of ‘Hindi Divas’
Indian High Commissioner Vishvas Sapkal (fifth from left), Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Rosy Akbar (sixth from left) with participants during the “Hindi Divas” celebration on Christmas Eve at the Indian High Commission in Butt Street, Suva. Photo: Indian High Commission

 

Diversity of ethnicities helps promote Hindi in Fiji.

This was highlighted by the Indian High Commissioner Vishvas Sapkal on Christmas Eve at the Indian High Commission in Butt Street, Suva.

The high commission celebrated the “Hindi Divas” which was supposed to be held on September 14, but unforeseen circumstances shifted it to Christmas Eve.

Hindi Divas is an annual day to celebrate the popularity of Hindi as an official language of India.

“The importance of the language and for Hindi is to basically carry forward the cultures, values, and communication. It is a medium of dialogue,” he said.

“When you have diverse cultures and for us this means, people who came from various parts of India to Fiji during the Girmit period.

“Some Girmitiyas came from Northern parts of India, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Southern parts of India. Other different places where they had other languages and cultures.

“All these people came from different cultural backgrounds and settled here in Fiji and instead of using their own dialects, they started communicating in Fiji Hindi which was common to all.

“Hence, Fiji Hindi has developed as the medium language and it is used by various ethnicities for common means of communication.

“Hindi has become a language of co-ordination.”

Mr Sapkal said that Fiji Hindi had been spoken widely spoken across Fiji and was not only restricted to Fijians of Indian descent.

The popularity of Hindi movies and soap operas in Fiji has been a major factor for developing interest in the Indian culture and language.

“The Indian High Commission has been promoting Hindi language throughout Fiji,” he said.

“We have been launching books, holding cultural activities and essay competitions to garner interest of the people.”

The Indian High Commission works together with the Ministry of Education to help build content of Hindi and promote the language in Fiji.

“Obviously, for a language there will be challenges. For Hindi, there are times when the interest lacks however, we are working with the ministry to generate interest and help promote it.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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