Importance of Hindi in Globalised world journey from liberalization to today’s India
Our country has come a long way from the days when we followed socialism and closed economy as a policy in governance. The 1990’s saw a major shift in the governance, when under the sagacious leadership of Prime Minister Narsimha Rao, driven to the brink of economic collapse, India was forced to liberalise its policies. And here the Importance of Hindi is come out in front of the Globalized world. The rest is history very well portrayed by many books on the subject. India Unbound: from Independence to the Global Information age, India grows at Night by Gurcharan Das and The world is flat by Thomas Friedman, just to name a few.
This policy shift opened floodgates to a lot of foreign companies to set their shops in India. One major fall out of this has been transfer of a large number of Indian youth to foreign lands and of foreigners towards India in search of better job opportunities. All those coming to India found English speaking colleagues at work but interactions with local people needed a basic level of Hindi skills for survival in India. Hence the last two decades have seen a major surge in foreigners wanting to learn Hindi along with Indians desirous of learning foreign languages and this is the Importance of Hindi language .
The article in Hindu with title Interest in Hindi growing in China By Pallavi Aiyar (Hindu, October 31, 2006), further proves this point. While talking of Centre of Indian Studies in Peking University, the journalist says:
“In one unassuming building near the sprawling campus’ east gate, a class is in progress. The dozen seated students sip tea from their flasks and peer into their textbooks with furrowed brows. The teacher stands up front writing out sentences on the blackboard. It is a scene that is mirrored in dozens of other classrooms across the campus with one startling difference. The teacher is not writing in the pictographic characters used in Mandarin Chinese but in the Devanagari script of Hindi.”
With Sino-Indian trade poised to touch the $20 billion mark by the end of this year, interest in learning Hindi and other Indian languages is burgeoning in the Chinese capital. This she said in 2006, India has reached new heights since then in Sino-Indian economic cooperation increasing manifold this demand. Similar is the case with many other countries.
The language learning market is changing very fast due to Globalisation.
“The global economy is shifting away from the English-speaking world. Since 1975, the English-speaking share of global GDP has fallen significantly and will continue to fall. The Chinese economy will surpass the US economy in size soon after 2030. Latin America (Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking) and South Asia (Hindi- and Urdu-speaking) are growing strongly as well.”
(Global trends in foreign languages: Demand and proficiency posted by The Dean in 2014 Edition)
Not only abroad even in the Southern States of India the demand for Hindi learning has been growing constantly due to economic compulsions. Thus we have decided to promote our Matrbhasha Hindi on the 14th September 2016, celebrated as Hindi Diwas in India. Hope to have support from all our well wishers, friends and our wonderful teachers engaged for this purpose to make it a big success.