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07-July-2015 19:04 IST
English rendering of Text of PM’s address at interaction with Indologists, Hindi students and Indian community in Tashkent


It has indeed been a privilege to be amongst the leading lights who have contributed immensely towards the exchange of rich cultural and traditional ties between India and Uzbekistan.

The cultural show here is a masterwork. The Uzbekistani daughters have not only practiced but devoted themselves completely while presenting the program. I got a feeling that their mind, body and soul was in unison while performing..

Yesterday, I had a detailed discussion with the Prime Minister and President of Uzbekistan. When we were having dinner, a musical program was organized. Although all the instruments were western, a successful effort was made to present the Indian songs. I congratulated the Hon’ble President and was surprised to know that he was aware of all the songs. He used to tell in advance about the songs to be played. He told me with pride and even the Prime Minister said the same – “we insist for music schools in every village in our country.” “We have opened music schools to some extent in the last five years and would like to add to the tally of such schools in future.”. I was further told that there has been a rise in interest towards the Indian music amongst everyone here and we are making efforts to promote culture through music. Music plays a vital role in our lives and if we want to get away from conflict situations, it provides the drift away from violence. I was extremely delighted hearing such things from the President yesterday.

Discussion were held on various aspects related to the personality development. These are the things that are being taught in personality development. However, I believe that language plays a vital role in personality development. If a citizen of any other country meets you and says the first word in your language, you get speechless and without him/her giving any identity and information, you open up - this is the power of language. If a foreigner says Namaste to Indians like us, then we feel like having met our dear one.

The country, which protects and promotes its language, not only empowers its future but also takes continuous essence from the Grand Ferret. Language, if known, will act as a window that will allow you to swim through the oceans of knowledge and make us feel good.

There is a saying in our part of the world “Paani Re Paani, Tera Rang Kaisa?”, “(Water o water, what is your colour)”. If you mix water with anything, its colour becomes like the one it is mixed with. Language also gets a new friend each moment. Make language your friend, it is like a breeze that disseminates its fragrance in the garden it visits and the flower it touches. Language takes with it the fragrance from the places, generations, localities, cultures that it passes through. And in a certain way, each fragrance of it aromatizes life, where we feel all types of fragrances. Language is directly related to the economic status. Whichever nation has economic prosperity; its language also scales new heights. Each individual wants to know and understand that language as it facilitates business. Language becomes an economic ritual then. I see that the importance of Indian languages is going to increase in the coming days since the world would like to connect with India as its economic development gathers momentum.

If the language had been an object or a unit, and had gone through a DNA test, then I believe that the biggest discovery that would come have come out of it is its large heart. This is because the language integrates everyone and it has no restrictions of colour, time and terrain. The heart of the language remains so big and inclusive that it consolidates everyone within itself.

I once visited one area of Russia - if I said “Tea”, then people there could not understand. But they understood “Chai” (synonym of Tea in Hindi). If I said “Door”, they could not understand, but were able to decipher “Dwaar” (synonym of Door in Hindi). So many…like we call waterlemon as Tarbooz” (synonym of watermelon in Hindi), people there also say Tarbooz. This means that how language implants itself into everyone. If someone plays “Dutar” at your place, then he/she plays “Sitar” at our place. If someone plays “Tambur” at your place, then he/she plays “Tanpura” at our place. If someone plays “Nagaare” at your place, then he/she plays “Nagaade” at our place. The reason for such a similarity is the big heart of the language that keeps everyone integrated within it.

You may be a highly intellectual and an expert in the language, but god is onestep ahead. We can do post-mortem of every language, how it is created, how is its grammar, why a word appears in a particular way? - we can do everything. But god has gifted two things that expresses the fundamental property of human beings. There has been a similarity in two things in any geography of the world, any colour of the human being and any generation of people. One is “Crying”, another is “Laughing”. There is one language of crying and laughing. There is no difference and not a single scholar has been able to unravel its grammar.

In today’s generation, the relationship of any two nations is not confined to the government domain alone. The basis of the strong relationship between the two countries lies in people-to-people contact. The heart and soul of people-to-people contact is the cultural exchange, as well as understanding the traditions, history and culture. Your effort is a very big platform to increase people-to-people contact between India and Uzbekistan. These relations run deep and will remain for a very long time. Even though governments, systems and leaders change, but the relationship never changes. My heartfelt greetings for your endeavors in sharing a warm relationship with us.

Hardly anyone could have the luck of visiting five countries of the Central Asia together. I was fortunate in this sense. First of my five-nations visit in the Central Asia began with Uzbekistan. Publicly, this is the last program of this visit. I say with a sense of satisfaction and pride that this trip has been successful. This trip has become a catalyst of success for a long span of time. And in the coming days, socio-economic relations of India and Uzbekistan are set to get deeper and will empower both nations and strengthen this region. India, in alliance with the Central Asian region, will do the top most work ensuring human welfare and fulfilling the objectives of the common man. With this confidence, I once again greet the President and Prime Minister of Uzbekistan, its people for running so many programs in this celebration. And the glossary, which has been formed, is going to be useful for the next generation in the coming times.

In today’s era of technology, we can learn language online through Internet. We can even learn the language via listening to anyone, or via audio. In a way, it has become a base to learn, understand and identify the world in your palm. I am confident that technology will connect with our ongoing efforts in the coming days. With technology, we can learn languages via audio system, visual, written text, etc. If all these things come together, then it becomes extremely easy to pick up the language. India will offer whatever essential help required in that direction. Once again, my greeting and heartfelt thanks to all of you.