Lauding the importance given to Hindi language in Mauritius, President Ramnath Kovind said the popular language did play an important role in society and culture of both India and the island country of Mauritius.
The President of India, on a 3 day visit to the country, on Wednesday was speaking at a function organised after having inaugurated a World Hindi Secretariat building in Mauritius.
“It’s a global language and the Indian community, spread across the world, has preserved its culture and traditions – and passed it to the next generations – through its linguistic traditions, including Hindi”, said President Kovind.
He disclosed that Hindi was being taught in about 175 universities across the globe.
Taking note of the 11th World Hindi Conference to be held in August in Mauritius, the President drew attention to the fact that besides India, Mauritius was the only country where this conference was being hosted for the 3rd time.
“This is evidence of the affection of the people of Mauritius for Hindi”, he said
Later at a reception hosted by the High Commissioner, the president addressed a gathering of the Indian diaspora.
“In India we rejoice at the remarkable success of our brothers and sisters who left Indian shores many generations ago and have achieved great material success while cherishing their spiritual values”, he said.
The President said that India wants to connect with its diaspora, “this is even more so for Mauritius, with whom we are linked by blood and sweat”.
The president also launched the World Hindi Secretariat logo, an early digital learning program and laid the found stones for a social housing project and a large ENT hospital that is to be built with Indian assistance.