Living with Sanskrit

The debate in relation to the inclusion of Sanskrit as a compulsory subject in the CBSE curriculum underlines the most obvious and egregious paradox, that an unusually rich and scientifically developed language has not able to retain its acceptance in the land of its origin. Another paradox, which has a more recent origin, is that its richness, importance and usability are better appreciated abroad than in India. It is an oxymoron that this language, commonly used by social elites and educated people in the past, has lost its relevance among educated persons today. Doubtless, multitudinous foreign invasions, coupled with the ignorance and vested interests of foreign rulers and westernised minds, ensured that the Sanskrit language got confined to an exclusive set of followers with the passage of time.

It’s time to allow the spirit of the Sanskrit language — the mother of many other languages which have found common usage — to soar once again and let the inherent strength and merits of the language in the communication of thoughts and ideas to gain its proper place in the family of languages worldwide. This may, perhaps, not happen unless in India, its place of birth, Sanskrit undergoes a cataclysmic change in how it is viewed and used in matters of human living, notably through gainful employment and careers rich with options. It’s time to recognise the users of this language in the proper context of merit and science rather than as something regressive and non-modern.

Read more: Indian Express

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