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More than nine lakh people speak in Hindi in US, says Indian diplomat

Happy to note that Hindi is spoken and taught widely in the US, Amit Kumar, Charge d' Affairs, Indian Embassy, said in his remarks during the 'Vishwa Hindi Divas' celebrations at the Indian Embassy.

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  • Muraleedharan was addressing a gathering of diplomats, students of the Hindi language from various countries, poets and other personalities on 'Vishwa Hindi Diwas' at the Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan here. He reiterated that the Centre has been making efforts for the promotion of Hindi as an official language of the United Nations and its propagation worldwide.

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    With about 8.7 lakh speakers, Hindi emerges as the most widely spoken language in the US followed by Gujarati and Telugu, reflecting a slight increase of 1.3% compared to last year. The Bengali-speaking US-based population at 3.75 lakh has shown a rise by nearly 68% followed by those who speak Tamil, showing a rise by 67.5% as of July 1, 2018.

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