Bhopal: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that legal measures will be taken to make it mandatory for shops and other business establishments to display their signboards in Hindi. Chouhan said that Hindi was a flourishing language and speaking in English and ignoring Hindi was a sign of mental slavery. He said that we should take pride in speaking, reading and writing in Hindi.
Chouhan was addressing a gathering at the Hindi Divas programme organised by the Atal Behari Vajpayee Hindi University on the occasion of Hindi Divas at Samanvay Bhavan here on Wednesday.
Chouhan said that private universities will be directed to establish Hindi Departments. Making an announcement to organise state-level Hindi Sammelans every two years, he said that state-level Hindi Sammelan will be organised on coming December 16-17. Recalling his foreign tours Chouhan told that he gave speeches and conversed in Hindi everywhere. Chouhan conferred the National Maithilisharan Gupta Award, National Sharad Joshi Award and Hindi language Awards on prominent litterateurs and writers.
Malti Joshi, Dr Vishwanath Tiwari and Kamal Kishore Goenka were conferred the National Maithilisharan Gupta Award. Gopal Chaturvedi, Dr Suryabala Lal, Prem Janmejay and Narmada Prasad Upadhyaya were conferred the National Sharad Joshi Award. The award included Rs 2 lakhs each, letter of citation, shawl and coconut.