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Besides, all member nations will have to bear the cost of making Hindi one of the official languages of the UN.

On Wednesday, Sushma Swaraj, in her reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, said: "It is often asked why Hindi is not an official language in the UN".

According to the UN rules, support of two-third member countries (129 nations) is required out of the total 193 member nations, Swaraj said during Question Hour.

"It is not hard to get the support of two-third member-nations". "When we get that kind of support and they are also ready to bear the financial burden, it will become an official language".

Tharoor, who previously served at the United Nations as Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information, and is now MP for Thiruvananthapuram and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee for External Affairs, questioned the need for making Hindi one of the official languages of the United Nations, when very few outside India speak it and millions of Indians in the south have their own languages. He demanded to know why we needed an official language at the United Nations at all. "Hindi is not the national language, it is an official language".

"The question is what objective is being served by this", he added. Seeking to promote Hindi raises an important question.

Sushma Swaraj, claimed that Tharoor was being ignorant, telling him that if he thinks that Hindi language is only spoken in India, then he is being ignorant about the reach of the language. While the PM or foreign minister were free to speak in Hindi and take pride in it if they wanted to, Tharoor said there was no need to impose the language on future leaders who may represent non-Hindi speaking states.

"The government has to defend its position".

In response, Sushma said, "I am proud of all Indian languages".

Several members of the treasury benches protested after Tharoor finished his statement.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, the most celebrated Indian politician on social media, is not just an ardent lover of Hindi but masters many other national languages and this video is a proof. "Saying Hindi is spoken only in India is your ignorance".

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