The Lok Sabha on Wednesday witnessed a heated exchange between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, over Hindi being an official language for India in the United Nations, as reported by Economic Times.
The Congress MP Shashi Tharoor later questioned why India must make the effort to make Hindi as one of the languages in the United Nations as it is only India's official language and not the national language. "Arabic does not have more speakers than Hindi, but Arabic is spoken by 22 countries, whereas Hindi is only used as an official language by one country - us", he said.
In reply to a question, Swaraj said: "It is often asked why Hindi is not an official language in the UN".
She blamed the UN's procedures for the delay.
A BJP MP pointed out that to make Hindi the national language the government has to bear an expense of Rs 40 crore.
"It is not hard to get the support of two-third member nations". She will also call on Indonesian President Joko Widodo and have other official engagements, including an interaction with representatives of the Indian community.
"For us to be spending government resources, for seeking to promote Hindi in this goal raises an important question as to why do we need to make it an official language?" asks Tharoor. "As far as glory of the language is concerned, the External Affairs Ministry never had so much work done in Hindi as now", she said. "All the.countries where there have been Indian origin rulers - Mauritius, Fiji, Surinam, Trinidad and Tobago, and Ghana - there are Indian-origin Hindi-speaking people too". Seeking to promote Hindi raises an important question. She further stated that there are rules in the United Nations that make it hard for Hindi to become the Official language of India because the rules state that the decision should be supported by two thirds of the members.
Several members of the treasury benches protested after Tharoor finished his statement.
When it comes to listing out the most graceful and responsible minister the country ever had, the first name that strikes every Indian brain is undoubtedly External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
Sushma Swaraj said Hindi was spoken in several other countries as well as by the Indian diaspora overseas.
"The pre-printed portion of the passport is already in Hindi and English languages".