About the Hindi Language
The Hindi language is an Indo-European language. More specifically, Modern Standard Hindi is technically a standardized and Sanskritized register of the Hindustani language. It is spoken natively in various regions of India, including Delhi, Chandigarh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and other areas. Altogether, somewhere between 14 and 24 percent of Indians speak it as their native tongue.
Although only a minority of the Indian population technically speaks Hindi, this is mainly because many of the “dialects” (or variations) of the language are officially recognized as languages in their own right. Therefore, it is possible to speak of Hindi languages in the plural, a group of closely related languages that are largely mutually intelligible. While it is not linguistically accurate to call these variations “dialects”, many of the speakers themselves naturally consider themselves Hindi speakers instead of using the specific name of their regional language.