The concept of World Hindi Conference was mooted by the Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti, Wardha in 1973. In fruition of the idea, the first World Hindi Conference was organized from 10-12 January, 1975 in Nagpur, India under the aegis of the Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti.

The objective of the Conference was to deliberate on how Hindi could be a medium of serving mankind in the prevailing environment and having imbibed the spirit of 'Seva propounded by Mahatma Gandhi, how Hindi could get recognized in the UN and move forward as a world language serving the cause of humanity. Further, how could it give to the world the motto of 'VasudhaivKutumbakam' which is at the root of the Indian culture, thereby infusing the feeling of 'one world one family'.

The conference had the blessing of Acharya VinobaBhave and was supported by the state governments of Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat in addition to the Government of India. A 'Vishva Hindi Nagar' was set up in the premises of Nagpur University. Entry gates were named after Tulsi, Meera, Soor, Kabir, Namdev, Raidas. Residential premises for the delegates and other guests were named as 'VishvaSangam', 'MitraNiketan', 'VidyaVihar' and 'PatrakarNivas'. Dining halls were also names as 'Annapoorna', ' Akash Ganga' etc.

Emphasising Hindi's spirit of 'Sevadharma', KakasahebKalelkar had said during the conference- "service is the religion of all of us and Hindi is the medium of this service. We have served the entire nation through the medium of Hindi before and after the independence. We are now moving ahead in the service of mankind through Hindi.”

Inspired by the inherent strength of Hindi, our leaders adopted it as the medium of communication during our freedom struggle which was based on the principles of non-violence and satyagraha. Mahatma Gandhi led us on this path and the whole nation followed. The majority of freedom fighters were from non-Hindi speaking regions. They recognized the potential of Hindi and used it as a link language that could unite the country. World Hindi conferences were a recognition of Hindi as a language of not only literature but also a language that was capable of adapting itself to modern science and technology.

Another objective was to make it broad-based and not restrict it to an emotional level. This vision was given a concrete shape in the form of the first World Hindi Conference held in 1975 in Nagpur.

Since then this perennial river, having witnessed several linguistic congregations, is heading towards its next destination. The 12th World Hindi Conference is being organized from 15-17 February,2023 in Fiji.

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