- For the first time, the All India Radio translated and broadcast the entire Independence Day speech of Prime Narendra Modi in 15 foreign languages through its External Services Division (ESD).
Director ESD Amlan Mazumdar said, “For the first time, Prasar Bharati, through the external services of AIR, has translated and broadcast the entire speech of PM from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the occasion of Independence Day”.
In the past, the foreign language services of ESD of AIR carried only the highlights of the speech made by the Prime Minister. This time, the speech was also made available on the website in Japanese, German and Spanish.
The 15 foreign languages in which ESD makes its broadcasts are Arabic, Baluchi, Burmese, Chinese, Dari, French, Indonesian, Persian, Pushtu, Russian, Sinhala, Swahili, Thai, Tibetan and English (General Overseas Service).
According to AIR DG F Sheheryar, this initiative will help in taking India’s message to foreign audiences in a more effective manner. It was at the initiative of Prasar Bharati CEO Sashi Shekhar Vempati, Mazumdar said.