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Hindi plays a big role in unifying India: Vice President

IANS | Hyderabad |

Hindi has played a historic role in the development of India’s unity, integrity and linguistic goodwill and for the unification of the nation there is no element more powerful than the language spoken by most Indians, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu said on Sunday.

Naidu was addressing the 16th annual convocation of the Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha (DBHPS) here.

Naidu reminded the audience of Mahatma Gandhi’s view that no country is independent in the true sense until and unless it speaks in its own language.

He said that the office of Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha was established in Vijaywada in 1936, and as the Presidents of this body, freedom fighters such as Konda Venkapapayya Pantulu, Tungturi Prakasham Pantulu, Bejawada Gopalreddy and Swami Ramanand Tirtha did great work.

“It is heartening to know that Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha has not only promoted Hindi but also prepared a large number of Hindi teachers, translators and publicists,” he said.

The Vice President congratulated all the students who received the degrees of Rashtra Bhasha Visharad and Rashtra Bhasha Praveen in Hindi.

Deputy Chief Minister of Telangana Mohammad Mahmood Ali, Vice President of DBHPS Chennai H. Hanumantappa, President of DBHPS Andhra Pradesh and Telangana B. Obaiah and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.