Dr Kalam For Putting Hindi Literature On Internet
New Delhi, Sep 14 (UNI) Hindi lovers and promoters honoured by President A P J Abdul Kalam were thrilled to hear his call to put Hindi literature on the Internet in what turned out to be his maiden speech in India's official language.
As he began, Dr Kalam gave audience a choice-- he asked them whether he should speak in Hindi or English. Upon being exhorted to proceed in Hindi, he set out-- after covering his bases.
Should he fumble, he told audience, the blame must rest with his teacher. As it turns out, Dr Kalam does have a Hindi teacher, an officer on special duty, Kumari Rakesh Sharma.
Kalam usually speaks in English-- although he has resorted to a few sentences in Hindi on such occasions as Republic day or Independence day.
In inviting the Kendriya Hindi Sansthan to arrange to put Hindi literature on the Internet, Dr Kalam said the idea was to help it grow in new regions.
He said he noticed enthusiasm for Hindi in various nations he visited, notably Russia, Ukraine and Bulgaria.
Speaking on the occasion, Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh spoke of Hindi as an integrating language and saw it as a source of hope in the face of challenges ahead.
Dr Kalam honoured 30 Hindi experts picked from India and around the world.
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