Hindi is soul of Indianness: Pranab

New Delhi, Sep 14 (IANS) Describing Hindi language as the “soul of Indianness”, President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday said it plays an important role as a “link language”.

Presenting ‘Rajbhasha’ awards on the occasion of Hindi Diwas at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan, he said: “We have to encourage translations of Hindi literature into other Indian regional languages and vice-versa. This will deepen relations between Hindi and regional languages.”

The President also urged people to learn historical, cultural and literary aspects of different cultures.

He said: “When people of India will come to understand that our past and present is one, our literature and culture is one, (then) national unity will be strengthened.”

Mukherjee congratulated the award winners for their commendable contribution to the propagation of Hindi.

–IANS

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