World Hindi Conference (WHC) is the largest and most prestigious event focused on the Hindi language that brings together leading scholars, academics, writers, students, publishers and linguists from across the world. The concept of the World Hindi Conference was envisaged by Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti, Vardha (Maharashtra, India). World Hindi Day is celebrated on 10th January every year by the National Council of Indian Culture. So far, twelve World Hindi Conferences have been organized in different parts of the world.
The first World Hindi Conference was organized from 10 to 12 January 1975 at Nagpur (Maharashtra, India) and was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India Smt. Indira Gandhi. The Conference not only highlighted the significant role of Hindi in the global context and evaluate its growing achievements and possibilities, but also provided a forum for stimulating a cultural renaissance based on the sublime aim of “our world is one family”.
Foreign scholars from Hindi centres abroad and dignitaries in the field of politics and letters from countries with large populations of Indian origin participated in the Convention as delegates. To commemorate this occasion, the Department of Posts, India issued a stamp of 25p denomination in the year 1975.
List of the World Hindi Conference organized so far –
Date and Year
First World Hindi Conference
10th – 12th January 1975
Second World Hindi Conference
Port Louis, Mauritius
28th – 20th August 1976
Third World Hindi Conference
New Delhi, India
28th – 30th October 1983
Fourth World Hindi Conference
Port Louis, Mauritius
02nd – 4th December 1993
Fifth World Hindi Conference
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
04th – 8th April 1996
Sixth World Hindi Conference
London, United Kingdom
14th – 18th September 1999
Seventh World Hindi Conference
06th – 09th June 2003
Eighth World Hindi Conference
New York, United States of America
13th – 15th July 2007
Ninth World Hindi Conference
Johannesburg, South Africa
22-th -24th September 2012
Tenth World Hindi Conference
10th – 12th September 2015
Eleventh World Hindi Conference
18th – 20th August 2018
Twelfth World Hindi Conference
15th – 17th February 2023
The 10th World Hindi Conference was Organised in Bhopal, India by the Ministry of External Affairs in Cooperation with the State Govt of Madhya Pradesh. After 32 years, the Hindi Sammelan was held in India for the third time and noted scholars were part of the conference. It was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi. India Post issued a Commemorative stamp of Rs. 5 denomination for the occasion.
The 11th World Hindi Conference was organized in Mauritius by the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India in association with the Govt. of Mauritius. A number of exhibitions focusing on the developments of Hindi language was organised at the conference venue. During the conference, evening cultural programmes and a Kavi Sammelan was also organized by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations, New Delhi.
During the 11th Conference held in Mauritius. A recommendation was made to organize the next edition in Fiji, a major Diaspora country where Hindi is one of the three official languages.
Hence, the 12th World Hindi Conference is being organized in Fiji from 15 to 17 February 2023. The venue of the conference is Denarau Island Convention Centre (DICC), Nadi, Fiji. The main theme of the Conference is
“Hindi: From Traditional Knowledge to Artificial Intelligence”.
Around 1000 participants including High- level dignitaries, Government officials, Hindi scholars, academicians, writers, poets, critics, publishers and other Hindi lovers from all over the world, are expected to join the 12th World Hindi Conference. Several exhibitions related to the various aspects of the Hindi language are being organized. A variety of cultural programmes blending the colours and flavours of India and Fiji are also being organized during the Conference. To mark the historic occasion and to help further promote the Hindi language, the Government of India would also be gifting Hindi Language Laboratory to the people Of Fiji.
To commemorate this occasion, the department of Fiji Post issued a commemorative stamp of denomination $15 in the form of a miniature sheet.
The Logo of the 12th WHC represents a fine combination of elements of both host countries – India and Fiji. The lotus being the national flower of India and a symbol of purity as per ancient Indian culture is at the centre of the Logo. Blue waves and coconut trees in the Logo represent the beautiful islands of Fiji, The Logo also contains colours of the flags of India and Fiji.
To purchase, kindly find the links of the products below –
- 1975 India World Hindi Conference 1v Stamp- 1975 World Hindi Convention, Nagpur (Saraswati-Goddess of Language and Learning) 1v Stamp
- 1975 India World Hindi Conference Stamp Sheet – 1975 World Hindi Convention, Nagpur Mint Sheet of 45 Stamps
- 2015 India 10th World Hindi Conference 1v Stamp – 2015 10th World Hindi Conference 1v Stamp
- 2018 Mauritius World Hindi Conference 2v Stamp – 2018 Mauritius India Diplomatic Relation 2v Stamp
- 2018 Mauritius World Hindi Conference FDC – 2018 Mauritius India Diplomatic Relation 2v Stamp on FDC
- 2023 Fiji World Hindi Conference Miniature Sheet – 2023 Fiji 12th World Hindi Conference Miniature Sheet
- 2023 Fiji World Hindi Conference FDC – 2023 Fiji 12th World Hindi Conference Miniature Sheet on FDC