Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha

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The President of India recently inaugurated the centenary celebrations of the Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha in New Delhi.

About Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha

‘Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha’ was established in the year 1918 by Mahatma Gandhi with the sole aim of propagating Hindi in southern states.

Gandhiji became the founder president of the Sabha, who held the post till his death.  The first Pracharak was Devdas Gandhi, son of Mahatma Gandhi. The headquarters are located at Chennai.

In 1964, the institution was recognised by the Indian Government as one of the Institutes of National Importance

Background

The Hindi movement in South India was started in the year 1918 by Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi saw the need to unite the northern and southern states of the country in the greatest interest of integration of the nation, as Hindi was spoken by the largest section of the people of India. Therefore, he founded the Dakshin Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha at Madras to propagate the study of Hindi in the then Madras Presidency and princely states of Banganapalle, Cochin, Hyderabad, Mysore, Pudukkottai, Sanduru and Travancore. The Sabha was inaugurated by Annie Besant on 17 June 1918.