Sunday, 14 December 2008

Reintoduce Sanskrit as National Language of India

Sanskrit (संस्कृतम् saṃskṛtam) is a historical Indo-Aryan language, one of the liturgical languages of Hinduism and Buddhism. Sanskrit is the mother of all Indian languages. The literature for what India is considered as a great knowledge resource, were originally written in Sanskrit. That may be Ramayana, Mahabharata or nonreligious like Yoga, Ayurveda, Vedic Maths and even Kamasutra. Can India be considered as India without these? How we have treated this Holy language? Reintroducing Sanskrit as our National language can be a proper respect we could offer to it.

My intention is not to go against Hindi. Let Hindi be our administrative language, but we should also take into account that there are more non Hindi speaking people than Hindi speaking people in India(ref:Language in India). Most of non Hindi people are not willing accept Hindi. So instead of forcing Hindi into these regions, if Sanskrit is intoduced as National Language we can bring more National integrity. So sanskrit can be used as a tool for National integrity. Any how definition of Sanskrit could only achieve it: The word Sanskrit means 'put together', 'perfected', 'polished', 'accomplished', 'highly elaborated'.

Scholars who contributed for India also had the same view. Both Sri Aurobindo and Mother have suggested that Sanskrit should be the national language of India. Dr Ambedkar himself wanted to sponsor Sanskrit the official language of the Indian union along with his supporters Dr BV Keskar, deputy minister for external affairs, and Naziruddin Ahmed. He moved an amendment draft on September 10, 1949. The resolution had to be withdrawn due to political pressure.

One day Sanskrit will be introduced as National Language. Sorry it will be re introduced as our national language, once upon a time in the Golden ages of India Sanskrit was our nationl language. The day is not far if you believe Nostradamus forecast on Sinskrit:
"Congressus independantum Blancum copium est; necessarus changum indianus cumum facus est"…
As the Congress had heavily borrowed from the White Man (British ?) at Independence, it will become necessary to "Indianize" the nation so that it may manifest again its true unique soul.
"Panchayatum villagum empruntus. Sanskritus introdum est. Historicum ecritum manus, daemonus est. Yogum, respirationnus introdum est…"
Give back the power to the villages in the form of Panchayat. Reintroduce Sanskrit as the national language. Rewrite Indian History, which had mostly been devised by White Masters. Revive ancient traditional systems such as pranayama, yoga, and incorporate them in the education system and everyday life. Change the Constitution so that democracy may not be perverted as it will be.

One of the best article is there at Intellibriefs, though I found a comment is more interesting than the post.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

While Sanskrit was the lingua franca of India, it is not correct to say that all Indian languages are derived from Sanskrit. Caldwell has established beyond a shadow of doubt that Dravidian languages are independent of Sanskrit. There exists a Dravidian language called Brahui in Baluchistan in a sea of Indo-Aryan languages. There are speakers of Brahui even today. The four southern states speak Dravidian languages and dialects. Undoubtedly there are loan words from Sanskrit, some of them so Dravidianised that they are not even recognizable. Thus, Sanskrit has enriched Dravidian languages, but it is not its mother.

We must also recognise that Sanskrit is a "dead" language, in the sense that it is not spoken. So are classical Greek and Latin in Europe. No European country will bring them back as national languages. Spain has Spanish and France has French. Similarly, India will not accept Sanskrit as a national language. However, it can be declared a classical language.

I do agree that imposing Hindi ia unworkable when we consider the entire country. Put together there are more non-Hindi speakers than Hindi speakers. Also, within Hindi itself there are dialects, like Bhojpuri, Avadhi etc. Who decides what is Hindi?!!!!!

The most pragmatic approach will be to declare all Indian languages national and make English the official working and link language. People themselves are beginning to choose this path, given the usefulness of English for both domestic and international communication in the age of the internet. Look at how many parents are choosing to get their children educated in English at higher cost rather than in their own mother tongue. Everyone must simultaneously learn two or three languages in school including the mother tongue. Kamaraj's three-language formula makes the most sense.

Even though there is so much linguistic politics, everyday people pick up what they need to communicate and get along well.

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