Uppsala professor receives World Hindi Award during the “Vishwa Hindi Sammelan”


As one among 40 awardees, half of them from abroad, Heinz Werner Wessler (professor of Indology, Uppsala university) was honoured with the “Vishwa Hindi Samman” (World Hindi Award) during the 10th “Vishwa Hindi Sammelan” (World Hindi Conference) in Bhopal 10.-12.9.2015. The award was handed over by home minister Rajnath Singh.

Heinz Werner Wessler receives award from Home Minister Rajnath singh. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan on the left.

Heinz Werner Wessler receives award from Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan on the left. Photo credit: Praveen Bajpai, Hindustan Times.


The conference took place in a gigantic tent on the Lal Parade Maidan in Bhopal. Premier minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the conference in the presence of foreign minister Sushma Swaraj.

The conference was focused on Hindi as a language, and particularly on its situation as India’s official language and its worldwide status and function.  The organizers met some critique in advance, since this time the focus was more on language, while earlier Vishwa Hindi Sammelans, like the last one in Johannesburg (South Africa) used to have a binary focus on language as well as on literature.

The conference had a wide media coverage all over India and attracted large crowds to its panels and plenary sessions. The concluding plenary session, during which the awards were delivered, attracted about 16.000 visitors, according to press reports.

The series of Vishwa Hindi Sammelans started from Nagpur in 1975. The next Sammelan will take place in Mauritius in 2018.

Links: Article in Hindustan Times.

10th World Hindi Conference Website: http://vishwahindisammelan.gov.in/