"To promote Hindi language is not just the job of an organisation or sangathan, it is the responsibility of all office-bearers of the External Affairs Ministry. Everyone should take a pledge to help earn Hindi its deserved place, which has been neglected for so many years” she said.

"The monopoly of English should be broken. I want to see that day in future when the supremacy of Hindi over English is established at the External Affairs Ministry," she said at the ministry's 'Vishwa Hindi Diwas' programme.

Taking a dig at the UPA government, she noted that even though 'Vishwa Hindi Diwas' is being celebrated every year since 2006, Hindi was neither spoken nor written at the External Affairs Ministry till 2014.

"I once visited Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) after becoming the minister. A number of books were showed to me. I only asked them one thing, 'how many books have been written or translated in Hindi, the reply was not even one'," the minister added.

Latest News from India News Desk