The nation every year gears up to celeberate 'Hindi Diwas' on September 14. The day marks the significance of the Constituent Assembly's decision to adopt Hindi as the official language of India. Hindi, which is one of the 22 scheduled languages spoken in the country, is written in Devanagri script. The Rashtrabhasa Prachar Samiti in 1953 decided to observe September 14 as 'Hindi Day'. The day is important for the fact that the President of India presents the Rajbhasa awards to those who contribute significantaly to the Hindi language and literature on September 14.
With a major Indian population using Hindi as their primary language, it becomes the fourth most spoken language in the world, reports Ethnologue, an organisation which keeps the record of languages used in the world. Hindi is the language of communication between central and state governments although state goverments do have the right to choose their own official language.
Hindi has been a language which infused the sense of nationalism and unity in India. Mahatma Gandhi had referred Hindi as the 'language of masses'. Moreover, the richness of Hindi language can be fathomed by the fact that many Hindi words have been borrowed by English language.
According to a research, India will have almost 14.4 crore Hindi news readers in the country by 2021.