Anupam Kher notes that when he was invited to debate at the Mumbai Lit Fest, he was booed by the audience when he started speaking. Also, the organizers deliberately chose a BBC moderator for my session, who did not understand Hindi. So Kher notes that my freedom and efficacy of expression was inhibited by that one choice, and in addition to the booing audience. “So freedoms can be snatched insidious and invisible ways. I have dealt with it many times, and will do so again and again and again in small and big ways. That’s life. It is not any more difficult today than in the past. And while it changes in many ways, some struggles remain perennial.”
Source: Satya Vijayi
- 16 Nov 2015
Hindi is spoken by more people in the world then French, German or even Spanish. And contrary to what may not realize, Hindi is spoken in several countries including of course Nepal, Africas, Middle East, West Indies and others. Unfortunately Hindi is not yet an official UN language. During the last several decades nothing was done by India, but now with the new nationalist NDA government, India is going all out to get this recognition for Hindi, and Nepal also fully supporting. Incidentally, this government sustained efforts “have also ensured that the UN offers programmes on the UN Radio website in Hindi”.
- 3 Sep 2015