‘State Government committed to growth of Marathi language’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Jan 2019 10:49:02


Staff Reporter,

“There is a need to develop Marathi language to accept the challenges of 21st century. Maharashtra Government is committed to growth and development of Marathi,” Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis said while inaugurating 16th Jagatik Marathi Sammelan at Vanamati Hall on Friday.

“Marathi is one of the most ancient languages in the world. It is termed as a nectar of all languages. Nagpur, being the second capital of Maharashtra, has contributed a lot to preservation of Marathi language. This is the reason, it is very relevant to organise Jagatik Marathi Sammelan in city,” Fadnavis added.

Earlier, the literary meet organised by Jagatik Marathi Akademi on the theme ‘Shodh Marathi Manacha’ was inaugurated at the hands of Chief Minister.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Nagpur District Guardian Minister, Chandrakant Bawankule; former Union Home Minister, Sushilkumar Shinde, President of Literary meet, Dr Shriniwas Thanedar; Mayor Nanda Jichkar; former MP Ajay Sancheti; former MP Datta Meghe; Vanamati Director Ravindra Thakre; Yashwantrao Gadakh, Girish Gandhi and Shashikant Chaudhari shared
the dais.

Fadnavis appreciated the contributions of Marathi people settled in foreign countries and appealed youths to take inspirations from their lives. Marathi movies, plays and literature have contributed a lot in conserving this ancient language. Marathi literature has been reached across the globe because of information revolution. There is a need to develop Marathi language as a language of knowledge, he added.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari appealed Marathi lovers to take initiative to inculcate love and affection for Marathi language among the youths. Stating that each person has been judged by his intelligence, confidence and qualities, Gadkari stated, instead of taking society or Government responsible for the development of Marathi, each person should work for developing his own understanding and intellectual capacities. This will help to develop honour and dignity of Marathi language and a Marathi speaking persons, he added.

Dr Shriniwas Thanedar said, “Though I was staying in developed country like USA and established business in this country, I am Marathi by heart. I respect my mother tongue. India has been considered as a strong democratic nation. This country is on the verge to become super power and thriving hard to develop basic infrastructure facilities. The democratic values preserved by the country will help India to become super power in future.”

Former minister, Sushilkumar Shinde appreciated the efforts, struggle and achievements of Dr Shriniwas Thanedar. He said, Jagatik Marathi Sammelan has become a platform to help Marathi speaking people staying abroad to promote Marathi across the globe. ‘Hi Shri Chi Ichcha’ and ‘Punha Shri Ganesha’ the two books of an autobiography of Dr Shriniwas Thanedar were released on the occasion.

President of Jagatik Marathi Akademi, Ramdas Futane appealed to Marathi people to speak Marathi as their language of conversation in their houses. English is a language for getting jobs. Preservation of Marathi is not only the responsibility of a government but also of society, he added.

Girish Gandhi made introductory remarks. Komal Thakre conducted the proceedings. Noted Chef Vishnu Manohar proposed a vote of thanks.