外文标题：PM to speak in Hindi at UN general assembly, Rajnath says
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver his speech at the United National general assembly in New York in Hindi, home minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday.
Addressing a function organised on the occasion of Hindi Divas, the home minister said Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the first Prime Minister to deliver his speech in the United States in Hindi.
"I, as a minister, once had delivered my speech in the United Nations in Hindi.... Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver his speech in United Nations in Hindi.
"The Prime Minister also speaks Hindi when he meets foreign dignitaries," he said amidst applause at a function organised at Rashtrapati Bhavan. President Pranab Mukherjee was present at the function.
The Prime Minister is expected to address the United Nations general assembly on September 27.
The home minister said 55 per cent population of the country speaks Hindi while 85 to 90 per cent people in the country understand Hindi even though it is not their mother tongue.
Singh said people like Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Shyama Prasad Mookerjee, Mahatma Gandhi and N Gopalaswami Ayyangar had advocated expansion and popularization of Hindi even though their mother tongues were different.
"Hindi is the common language of the country," he said. The home minister said Sanskrit is the mother of all Indian languages while Hindi and other regional languages are sisters.
During his recent trip to Japan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a conference of reporters and businessmen in Hindi. (Reuters photo)
印度国大党早期领袖提拉克、慕克吉、圣雄甘地、N Gopalaswami Ayyangar都曾主张扩大和普及印地语人口，虽然他们的母语不是印地语。
Suneet (CT, USA)
The PM"s address should be intended not just to the UN Assembly members but to the world public at large and also the US citizens who are watching India closely. By speaking in Hindi, a large part of these people will not listen to his message, as it is human nature to tune off when someone speaks in a different language. My question is why use this as a platform to promote Hindi. Use this as a platform to promote India by reaching out to a maximum audience. And if that means speaking in Englisg, so be it!
Of course Modi will speak in Hindi. He has no other options.
if he speaks in english everybody will run away . illeterate fool.
very very good if we indian will not speak hindi or other hindustani language who will speak we and our leaders must speak hindi or any one of our hindustani lanague
We Indian always appear shy to showcase our pride in language, nation, religion etc..