Children watching an old Hindi film at a video centre in Tamale in Ghana in 2016.
Depictions of Indian life in cinema and soap operas have found particular affinity with communities in Northern Ghana.
The Australian government has dropped protections for language programs at a time when universities are announcing plans to end Asian languages courses. That's a mistake in the Asian Century.
While government-level relations are important, nothing beats personal contacts for building strong ties between Australia and India.
Hindi is the most widely spoken language of India and of the many people of Indian origin in Australia. The teaching of Hindi has been in decline at a time when the need for it has never been greater.
More Indians are fluent in the hybrid of Hindi and English than they are in English.
Not only has new Indian prime minister Narendra Modi replaced English with Hindi when talking to audiences in non-Hindi parts of India, he’s also addressing other Asian leaders in Hindi.
Narendra Modi just returned from his first foreign trip as India’s prime minister. The two-day Bhutan visit focused on mutual trade and development, but one of the biggest stories in India was Modi’s use…