Chidambaram tries to speak in Hindi on Hindi Day

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram won the hearts of the audience here when he attempted to speak in the national language at a function organised to mark the `Hindi Day` today.

Last Updated: Sep 14, 2010, 17:43 PM IST

New Delhi: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram
won the hearts of the audience here when he attempted to speak
in the national language at a function organised to mark the
`Hindi Day` today.

Amid a thunderous applause, Chidambaram tried to speak
two-three lines of his inaugural address in broken Hindi as he
encouraged the gathering at the fully-packed hall to promote
the national language particularly in government offices as a
way of correspondence.

The 65-year-old minister, who is not used to speaking in
Hindi, switched over to English in between his three-minute
speech.

However, the former finance minister again preferred to
wrap up his address in Hindi by congratulating the winners of
the Indira Gandhi Rajbhasha Awards at the function organised
by his Ministry.

Chidambaram earlier had stressed that the ministries must
prepare their progress reports and statistics in Hindi which
would help in its promotion.

PTI