Beijing, April 23: One of the best ways to bridge the gaps between two nations is the communication in their language, dialect; this mantra was given by MEA Sushma Swaraj when she pitched for spreading the essence of our language Hindi in Beijing.
Swaraj was addressing a seminar named “Contribution of Hindi in Indo-China Friendship.” Swaraj said that even two Foreign Ministers cannot make friends as strong as possible in the countries as those students of China who can love the Hindi language.
"I want to say that the way India and China's relation are strengthening, trade is increasing, we are working together on international forums, it has become increasingly important that you learn Hindi and we learn Chinese. So that when Indians visit China they don't face difficulty, and when Chinese visit India, you don't require an interpreter," Swaraj said.
"I want to tell her that your dream will come true right here, right now. I am telling our ambassador here to send a delegation of 25 Hindi students from here on an India visit," she said.
MEA said that Indian films are constantly getting fame in China. When she was having a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday, they exchanged the view on Indian films like Dangal, Hindi Medium and secret superstars gaining popularity in China.
Chinese students are excited to learn Hindi in China. In China, in 2001, the first Hindi class was started by Professor Jiang Zingquai at Center for India Studies, located at Peking University. In 2003, the then Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee inaugurated the Hindi Center.
At the time of the beginner class, students were hard to find, but only a few years later, in this class, the students could barely get a place to sit. Here, 50 students are doing full-time courses, in which about half a dozen students are doing Ph.D. in Hindi.