KATHMANDU: Vice-President Parmanand Jha has said all languages spoken in Nepal were the national languages.
At a programme organised to mark the first anniversary of a Hindi monthly magazine, The Public, in the capital on Friday, Vice-President Jha said Hindi language should be respected because it is as developed as the Nepali language.
On the occasion, Indian Ambassador to Nepal, Jayant Prasad, said Hindi is a contact language in the South Asia.
Nepal and Hindi languages have close links as the members of a same family, he argued.
Editor Bina Singha said it was very difficult to do journalism in Hindi language.
At the programme, Vice-President Jha honoured Gauri Shankar Lal Das, Ram Dayal Rakesh, Dr Rajendra Bimal, Yougendra Saha, Mamata Jha, Tara Chauhan, Bishnu Reddy and others.