Was Hindi Diwas started by the Congress government in 2010
Media Claim: Back in 2010 Congress party started the Hindi Diwas and Congress leader P Chidambaram batted for developing Hindi as a common language for India.
Facts Check: False
Viral News on Social media:
"हिंदी" भाषा पर कांग्रेस पार्टी का स्टैंड। अब अपने सहयोगी दलों को भी बता दें। pic.twitter.com/zYuN9rZlEy— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) September 16, 2019
Facts Check Analysis: A video was shared by Union Minister, Kiren Rijiju, stating, “This video is only for Congress leaders. THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ACT, 1963 and "Hindi Diwas" started under Congress Govt. Now, what's the problem with the Congress party? Let's respect all the languages of India and also accept Hindi as a unifying language of India.”
There are many videos available on social media which verifies the fact that the UPA government back in 2010, was more interested in batting Hindi as a common language in India. In the video
P Chidambaram wanted to promote Hindi as an official language of the government.
Every year, September 14 is celebrated as Hindi Diwas. On this day in 1950, the Constituent Assembly of India had adopted Hindi, an Indo-Aryan language, written in Devanagari script as one of the official languages of the Republic of India.
To show its significance and to celebrate its mark of acknowledgment, we commemorate Hindi Diwas on September 14th every year. On 14 September 1949, the Constituent Assembly decided with one vote that Hindi will be the official language of India. To propose the importance of this decision and to spread Hindi in every region, on the request of Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti, Wardha, from 1953 on 14 September, India is celebrating every year Hindi Diwas. Apart from this, 14 September is also the birthday of Rajendra Singh, who worked tirelessly towards making Hindi the official language of India.
Hindi is spoken by around 40% of the Indian population. Apart from India, the Hindi language is also spoken in several other countries, like Nepal, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Fiji, and Mauritius.
So indeed Hindi Diwas is celebrated for quite long and not from 2010.