Sanskrit as national language
SENS at fasecon.econ.nyu.edu
Tue Apr 5 13:42:26 UTC 1994
ucgadkw at ucl.ac.uk (Dominik Wujastyk) wrote:
> The Bhasaikatva policy
> What do other INDOLOGists think of the new policy recently announced
> whereby over the next seven years the Indian Government will phase in
> Sanskrit as the language of all administrative documentation and
> communication? Apparently the idea is that by the year 2001, senior
> government officials will be sufficiently knowledgable in Sanskrit that
> English will at last be ousted from the constitution as a national
> language of India. This will expunge once and for all the last
> lingering traces of British imperialism, and underline the great
> historical roots of India's own culture. The accompanying massive
> program of translation that has been proposed, of European-language
> texts on science, technology and economics into Sanskrit, will be a
> most interesting new development for all of us. It may even provide
> work for some of our needy grad students!
This is indeed an astonishing news, even more so because our
constitution declares the intention to establish Hindi as the national
language at some (unspecified) future point of time.
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