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Hindi Diwas: Students bag prizes at Arya Samaj’s inter-school elocution competition

Two students from Apeejay School, Nerul, received cash prizes

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On the occasion of Hindi Diwas, students from Apeejay School, Nerul, participated in an inter-school elocution competition organised by Arya Samaj, Vashi. In fact, two students also bagged prizes at the competition.

Samhita Rengaranjan of class 7 and Ananjeet Pandey of class 8 won the second and the third prize respectively, along with a cash reward of Rs 1001 and Rs 751. The winning speeches were delivered on the topics “Maharishi Dayanand-Ek Yugpurush” and “Yog Jeevan Ka Aadhar”.

Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari, the governor of Maharashtra, graced the occasion and felicitated the winners. The programme was even aired on TV1 India Live channel as well as on social media platforms.

Hindi Diwas is celebrated on September 14 every year to commemorate the date in 1949 when a compromise was reached while drafting the Constitution of India about the languages that were to gain official status in the Republic of India. Hindi was declared the “official language” of India’s federal government, English the associate official language for 15 years during which Hindi’s formal lexicon would be developed while the international form of Hindu-Arabic numerals would be the official numerals.

The compromise was famously called the Munshi-Ayyangar formula, after drafting committee members KM Munshi and N Gopalaswamy Ayyangar, who negotiated the demands of Hindi protagonists and delegates from South India who wanted English to have a Constitutional status.

Disha Roy Choudhury is a Senior Correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. She has worked as a journalist at different media organisations. She is also passionate about music and has participated in reality shows.

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