EAM Sushma Swaraj arrives in Indonesia


Tharoor pointed out that even though Arabic has fewer speakers than Hindi, it is still one of the official languages as it is spoken in 22 countries. While the PM or foreign minister were free to speak in Hindi and take pride in it if they wanted to, Tharoor said there was no need to impose the language on future leaders who may represent non-Hindi speaking states.

Mr. Tharoor said, "Hindi has not been given the national language status in India". She will also call on Indonesian President Joko Widodo and have other official engagements, including an interaction with representatives of the Indian community.

Therefore, according to the UN rules, support of two-third member-countries (129 nations) is required out of the total 193 member-nations, Ms Swaraj said in the Lok Sabha during Question Hour.

To allow for the United Nations to make Hindi an official language could cost about 40 crore rupees, or about OMR2.5 million per annum. "When we get that kind of support and the economically weaker countries are also ready to bear the financial burden, it will become an official language", she added.

When a BJP member said that India has to pay Rs 40 crore as cost for making Hindi one of the languages in the United Nations, the minister said the government is ready to pay "even Rs 400 crore if required" but the world body's rules do not permit that.

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To that, the senior minister said: "Not just Rs 40 crore, the government is ready to spend Rs 400 crore on it".

"Hindi is not the national language, it is an official language", said Tharoor. "So for us to be spending government resources in seeking to promote Hindi in this manner raises an important question", he said.

"The question is what objective is being served by this", he added.

"The government has to defend its position". "Sushma Ji and all those for Hindi...come learn the South Indians languages.they are attractive", the user tweeted.

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. The minister replied back and said, "I am proud of all Indian languages".