New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil Wednesday
exhorted the people to learn at least one Indian language apart from their mother tongue and carry out day-to-day work in Hindi and other languages of the country.
Addressing a function on the occasion of Hindi Day, the
President said there are 1,700 languages in India and adequate
steps must be taken for their development.
"Let`s take the pledge to do our day-to-day work through
Hindi and other Indian languages. Everyone should learn Hindi
and in addition to that, every Indian should learn at least
one Indian language apart from his or her own mother tongue,"
Patil said India is a country of diversity with different
customs, traditions, food and language.
"This diversity is the unique distinction of our culture," he said.
The President said the people of the country fought
against the colonial rule together and Hindi and other Indian
languages made a significant contribution in this struggle.
She said after India attained independence, several plans
and programmes were formulated to fulfill the hopes and
aspirations of the people.
"Under these circumstances, the country felt the need for
a common language. And after much discussions and deliberations, the founders of our Constitution accepted Hindi
as the language for the common use and on this day in 1949
adopted Hindi as the official language of the country," she
The President honoured 43 government organisations and 14
writers with special rewards and cash prize for promotion of