The government recently decided to replace German with Sanskrit (or any modern Indian language) as third language for students of class 6 to 8 in Kendriya Vidyalayas (Central schools).

And it is (apparently) facing tremendous criticism for this ‘regressive decision with ulterior agenda’ of promoting Hindutva agenda. It is a different matter that those shouting foul over this are unable to provide a single rational argument to defend their criticism.

The critics argue that Sanskrit is a useless and dead language having no future in a global world. German on contrary is a lucrative language that opens wonderful doors for great career. They quote that since 2008, there has been 114% rise in number of Indian students going to Germany for higher studies. Further, Sanskrit is equivalent to dangerous Hindutva agenda to impose Hinduism and trouble the minorities.

Hollow prejudice against Sanskrit

The entire chain of arguments given by critics is full of loopholes, irrational prejudices and perhaps a deeper disdain for Indian roots. The very force with which these critics are arguing against Sanskrit, however, explains why India had to face slavery for around a thousand years and freedom had to come at price of blood of so many martyrs. Just as India has been birthplace of innumerable genius and heroes, we also perhaps excel in producing spineless who would rather make hole in the plate that gives them food.

Most scientific language of world

To those who are confused about importance of Sanskrit, let it be known that Sanskrit is the most scientific language known in planet. It has been found to be most appropriate for use even in computational work. It is only lack of sufficient research and standardization efforts that is stopping from making technological world benefit from this gift of humanity.

Best language for brain and tongue

Schools in UK are teaching Sanskrit because that helps with better pronunciation and improves brain functioning.

Mother of all languages

Furthermore, Sanskrit forms the foundation of most languages in world. In fact all major Indian languages are children of mother Sanskrit. This includes Tamil as well, irrespective of how much political hatred and north-south divide propaganda be made. If one learns Sanskrit, he or she becomes much more fluent and trained to master any other Indian language.

If there is one language which has the potential to break away division across different vernacular languages, it is Sanskrit.

Foundation of Indianism

What more, Sanskrit is the foundation of entire Indian culture. Right from Vedas to every slogan of Indian organizations come from Sanskrit. Indian Republic, Indian Police, Indian Army, Indian Institutions – every one has a motto in Sanskrit. Be it Satyameva Jayate, or Sad Rakshanaya Khal Nigrahanaya, or Yoga Karmasu Kaushalam, or Yogakshemam Vahamyaham, or Dharmo Rakshati Rakshitah, or Tamaso Ma Jyotirgamaya – it is Sanskrit everywhere. Just to understand what our mottoes are, we need to know Sanskrit.

If one wants to truly be an Indian, one must love the mother of Indian culture – Sanskrit. It is foundation of our scriptures, our worship, our greeting, our mottoes, our festivals, our stories, our literature, our role models, our society, our spiritualism, our tolerance, our global vision, our wisdom, our way of life and our identity. Dissociate Sanskrit from India, and what would remain is a piece of land for which only fools can have emotional attachment. Real India is not merely a piece of land, it is the people of the land, the culture of the people, the foundation of the culture, the roots of the oldest civilization, the language of the roots, the Sanskrit.

Please note that we need not love Sanskrit just because it forms our roots. We need not love Sanskrit just because oldest is best. We need to love Sanskrit because not only it is our root, not only it is oldest, but indeed it is best. The greatest of world philosophies are gift of Sanskrit. The greatest of scientific concepts have foundation in Sanskrit. The very concept of globalization, the very encouragement for learning foreign languages and foreign wisdom, the very foundation of universal humanism hails from Sanskrit.

Sanskrit is more relevant than ever

In today’s scientific and globalized era, Sanskrit is more relevant than ever. It is more complete, more scientific, more brain-stimulating, more unifying than ever. For last 1000 years, we had to really struggle to preserve our roots due to one onslaught after another. Still our forefathers preserved the Sanskrit heritage at cost of their lives. From Qasim to Ghazni to Ghori to Akbar to Aurangzeb to British – the agenda was to loot and destroy Sanskrit and Sanskriti (language and culture). And after sacrifices of innumerable Prataps, Shivajis and Netajis when we finally are in a position to nurture our roots, it is a pity that there is a suggestion from pseudo-intellectuals that we throw it into garbage.

The Hindutva scare

It is also shamefully curious to see how “Sanskrit” is projected to be linked with “Hindutva agenda” that is supposedly similar to Hitler’s Nazism. Nothing can be far from truth.

First, if India, as oldest civilization of world, has anything to be proud of most, it is Hindutva or Hinduism. But unlike what fools would like us to believe out of pettiness of their own minds, Hindutva is not about racial or religious discrimination. On contrary it is about rising above such petty discriminations and considering entire humanity as one family. No other philisophy on earth has such an unequivocal stand on universal humanism as Hindutva – Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – entire humanity is my own family. The last 2000 years have seen us dividing people on basis of religion, belief, color, gender, race, birth, geography and what not. And in today’s global era when we all unitedly stand up to rise against such discriminations, it is only Hindutva (with roots in Sanskrit) that proudly stands up to say – “Yes, ever since the origin of civilization, we have been saying the same – One world, One emotion, One humanity, One family.”

Please note that even Supreme Court has agreed that Hinduism has nothing to do with religion. It existed when there was no religion at all to make people fight against each other. Hinduism is a Way of Life. It is the Way of Life of tolerant, rational and intelligent. It is only later day confusions due to exclusivist religions that make one think that Hindutva is a religion. One cannot be Muslim if he does not believe in Prophet and Quran. One cannot be Christian if he does not believe in Christ and Bible. But one can be Hindu, irrespective of his beliefs, only if he has desire to constructively utilize his life. Hindutva has nothing to do with region, religion, caste and belief.

To know more about Hinduism, please read: Why I am proud to be Hindu

Hindutva is way above religious discriminations. It is way above the tendency to impose one’s philsophy on others. It is about tolerance and mutual respect. It must be the agenda of every sane person on earth.

And Hindutva – the oldest, smartest, most tolerant way of life – has its roots in Sanskrit the oldest, smartest and most complete language. We must be thankful that we got such wonderful gifts to enlighten our own lives and that of entire mankind. Instead of false scares and baseless prejudices, we must strive to nurture these gifts with smile, tolerance, love and enthusiasm.

Sudden love for German

It is also a cold irony that suddenly this love of German emerges from nowhere among “Hindutva haters”. If indeed there is genuine concern that our students must be trained for global world, why German? Why not French which has much better prospects in business world as per projections? Why not Spanish which has a larger population base? Why not Chinese which is the most spoken language of world? If career for Indians be the sole criteria, then German stands far away in list of priorities. In fact Bengali and Punjabi are more popular than German.

If indeed, Germans would be thinking in this manner, they would have started teaching Hindi or Spanish or French or Chinese in their schools as well.

Do we lack self respect?

The difference lies in notion of self-respect. Germans have respect for their roots. French have respect for their roots. But many Indians have utter disdain for their own roots. The cause of many of our problems is neither poverty nor corruption. These are mere symptoms. The root is lack of self-respect.

Please note that India is different from any other country in world. We have the oldest civilization, we have greatest diversity in language and culture and we have the longest thriving cultural heritage. To jettison our entire cultural roots because we feel adopting foreign ways will give us more money is the thought process of Mir Zafars, Jai Chands and babus serving Union Jack.

No we are not against learning foreign languages. On contrary, we believe we should learn as many languages as possible. That is good for brain and helps integrate with entire world.

But not at cost of rejecting our own roots. The government has not stopped teaching of German. It has continued with the same. All it has done is to replace German as a “cumpulsory” third subject to an optional. This is the right thing to do.

Also please note that Sanskrit is not “imposed”. “Imposition” is against “Hindutva” ethics. Instead students are given a choice to pick one from among Sanskrit and any other modern Indian language. And of course, they can also learn German or any other foreign language as well.

So irrespective of how so much we love Sanskrit or Telugu or Tamil or Bengali or any other Indian language, we believe in choice and not imposition.

English is sufficient

The truth of the matter is that English is the de-facto business language of world. So if one knows English, that suffices to establish oneself in business world. If one indeed wants to explore careers through other languages, there is no stopping. No one plans for a career in German in class 6 to 8. One can always take a German course as and when required during later years of career. We took French and German while studying at IIM. It is a different matter that it did not help much because English and Hindi were sufficient to build a career and contribute adequetely to country.

Let us be more ambitious

Let us rise, as a nation, from beggar mentality of just seeking who can give more coins to us. Let us think big, act bigger and make the whole world come to us through the value we create for them. It is only people with such ambitious mindsets that can make India lighthouse of the world once again. Let us be proud of our timeless culture. Unless we ourselves take pride in our culture, how do we expect others to respect us?

Just saying “I love India” is not enough. Let us strive to make our country more attractive more worthwhile for world. Let us nurture our roots.

If Sanskrit is not nurtured in India, where else in world you think it can be nurtured? And if Sanskrit is not nurtured in India, how do we preserve our timeless heritage? People across globe take so much pains to preserve endangered buildings, species, manuscripts and ecosystems even though there is no direct benefit in that. Is is not a termite mindset, hence, to even think of killing the very foundation of our existence just because it is not giving us money in short-run?

How is this mentality different from those who smuggle ancient artefacts for money, or sell their wives and children for money, or gamble their parents away for money?

Maithilisharan Gupt rightly said: “One who has no pride for one’s nation or roots is not a human. He is merely an animal and in fact a dead animal.”

Let us come back to life. Let us assert our intelligence. Let us declare that we are not petty chemical reactions. Let us stand up to protect, preserve and nurture our cultural roots. Let us become champions of our Sanskrit and Sanskriti.

Let whole world be dazzled and enlightened with our heritage. The century belongs to India. Let us rise up to fulfill the call of the destiny.

Vande Mataram

– Shri Sanjeev Newar


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35 COMMENTS

  1. Sanskrti has always been compulsory in Kendriya Vidyalayas (Central Schools) from 5th – 9th class. It was optional in 10th, if enough students were available. The debate is there also because suddenly we have too many people who studied foreign languages and we do not have jobs for those languages. Instead of understanding the folly of running behind foreign languages and teaching a language that most students will certainly forget as it is not their priority and also because no one speaks it around them, we should concentrate on what we have. Create jobs but without destroying the existing structure.

  2. “Most scientific language of world” seriously? please can you provide a link where scientists said Sanskrit as scientific language i am not hating just prove the statements you mentioned hope it is not bogus like many right-wing hindus claims without giving any reference …………………….i hope agniveer or team prove me wrong thank you

    • you can google it,

      if you dont believe just google ” Dr. OppenHeimer ” He reads BHAGVAT GEETA,

      Search for Sir Nicolae Tesla, He is influenced with Vedas….

      Now why does these western scientist reads Hindu Scriptures ???

      Think about it after your detailed search !!!

  3. I think centre should promote hindi or sanskrit not both. I support sanskrit though. but my idea is that all regional language being related to sanskrit ‘ can be gradually sanskritised till sanskrit can be uniformly imposed may be over 15/20 years. once sanskrit is widespread in ind ia we can do away with english. we certainly can have higher educatuon in sanskrit. if chinese,japs can have in theirlanguage

    • Agreed. A wider breath of people will support Sanskrit. I would say for lets start teaching it in the states that they can get it going. Slowly as it gets used in higher education and business, other states will use it because they want to do business 8n Sanskrit speaking states.

  4. it is not new Sanskrit is already 3rd language in kv school German is extra language that is 4th language
    my children are studying (12th &08th class) 4 languages in KV English, Hindi, Sanskrit, &and German

  5. As long as Samskrit is not made the official language of Centre and State govts, a view advocated by late Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, it is not going to be learnt by our people. More than emotions and logic, it is jobs that counts here. Samskrit will be learnt once they are of the view that it provides them jobs. Until then Samskrit will be having no takers

  6. Namaskaram Agniveer

    As someone from a german speaking Country I can only agree to what you said. Is there any need to learn german? No! But it is Ok if somebody likes to. There are even much more people who speak portugese. All over Brasil they speak portugese (not spanish as many people think).
    Indian people must respekt therir own heritage and learn Sanskrit and study Vedas and scriptures like Upanishads, Gita, Ramayan, Yogavasishta and and and ……….
    End Part 1

    • Part 2
      USA, Germanny, France ect. have great respect for there own culture und tradition and thei will never respect a country who is dishonering his own heritage, traditions and so on thei will not take them even serious! For India thei will only see the negative aspekts like corruption, castes, violence against women if you dont get selfrespect and you will always be treaten like their pupils as it is and was in the past. As a “westener” I know how India is percived these days. Not nice!

      • Part 3
        In the west many people beninn to realise that ther is something wrong with the western system of egotistic materialism with all his delfishness and greed. They are looking for something better, more valuable! Guess where they are looking! To India! Westeners are reading books like Mahabharat, Ramayan and even advaita works like Ashtavkragita, Ribhugita and many more. (I too study these works since 25 years) Some also learn Sanskrit to get a deeper understanding.

      • Part 4
        Sorry for the errors in writing. New keyboard, must get used to it.
        I have already stayd about 6 Years in India and belive it or not I too see it as my home, specially Tiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu in the last years.
        More writing later or tomorrow. Moskitos are eating me and in the house no Internetconnection. Part 5 will come

      • Part 5
        West is the best ? Not really! Reports about poor people in Europe are rarly shown in Indian TV or other media. We also have a caste system. It is money orientatet. Poor people are sometimes discriminatet as just lazy or seen as maggots who abuse the system. Every State in EU has now one or more racist politikcl partys.People of India, if you want western style life than take first inquiries how it REALLY is.
        Thanks to Agniveer for this geat blog, many things are now more clear to me!

  7. Here is a great quote from the article that applies to all of us. 🙂

    “Had I not studied Sanskrit, the world of Sanskrit would have lost nothing. I would have been the loser. I have met plenty of people who seem to envy me now.”

  8. Here is an article by Bibek Debroy on the latest debate. Please read this link for details.

    http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/policypuzzles/teach-quality-sanskrit-make-child-a-richer-indian/

    Bibek Debroy is an economist, columnist and author. He has worked for the government, for an industry chamber and for academic (teaching and research) institutes. He is the author of several books, papers and popular articles. He is now a Professor at the Centre for Policy Research, Delhi

  9. Sanskrit was the language of spiritually and scientifically advanced Aryans who descended on Earth in the beginning of Sat yug. That’s why Sanskrit is the mother of all languages.

  10. Vedas (scriptures of millions of lines), transmitted from thousands of years until now just from mouth to mouth. Till now there are people who get Guru to learn Vedas and do not use books. What this tells us is Sanskrit is able to retain a huge amount of information within smaller size. Therefore Sanskrit can be used in Natural Language Processing and artificial intelligence. You can get more info by reading NASA – Rick Briggs paper – http://www.aaai.org/ojs/index.php/aimagazine/article/view/46

  11. Yoga, ayurveda, architecture, music, dance, statecraft and the like are but a few products that have been brought out. Agriculture, metallurgy, computer sciences etc can gain if new forays are made into the depths of Sanskrit. Sanskrit is not descriptive language. You don’t need to write paragraphs to explain. When you translate something to Sanskrit, its size will reduce. It is precise, crisp and clear.

  12. On the basis of just under 4000 sutras [rules expressed as aphorisms, Panini built virtually the whole structure of the Sanskrit language, whose general ‘shape’ hardly changed for the next two thousand years. It is not a ‘language’ as we know the term but the only front-end to a huge, interlinked, analogue knowledge base. not enough is being done to explore the rich veins in Sanskrit’s knowledge mines.

  13. Some facts about Sanskrit

    It was Panini who formalised Sanskrit’s grammer and usage about 2500 years ago. No new ‘classes’ have needed to be added to it since then. “Panini should be thought of as the forerunner of the modern formal language theory used to specify computer languages,” say J J O’Connor and E F Robertson. Their article also quotes: “Sanskrit’s potential for scientific use was greatly enhanced as a result of the thorough systemisation of its grammar by Panini.

  14. The British very cleverly groomed a bunch of Indians who would serve their interests in administering a country which has more than 10 times the population of England. The people who are protesting are the elite English educated class. Many of them can barely read one page in their mother tongue. They are frequently flown to Western nations and given awards. Many Americans can easily understand the concept of “Uncle Toms” during the slavery period in America.

  15. c. GoI systematically discriminates against Sanskrit by paying the teachers 50% of what they pay other teachers.
    d. Giving equal opportunity for Sanskrit or any Indian language is not a crime.
    3. Now to see the contrast check how the European Union conducts its languages in 21 or so languages.
    4. Geo Politics: Western nations still continue the use of “sepoys” like the British did. The British very cleverly groomed a bunch of Indians who would serve their interests in administering a…

  16. India after Independence never decolonized. Government of India (GoI) itself discriminates severely against Indian languages.
    a. For example no Indian language is allowed to be used in the Higher courts like Supreme Court and in some High Courts.
    b. Higher education in India can only be done in English! Check out our IIMs or IITs that the GoI itself funds. You cannot study in your language in higher institutions in India!

  17. Many of the protests are happening because of our own ignorance of the Sanskrit and also the lack of knowledge (Indian’s) of the Geo Politics behind these. It is very easy to refute “German over Sanskrit” syndrome just by looking at Germans’ study on Indology in the past 3 centuries. Many Germans regarded Sanskrit as the mother of their language, German. They had high praises for Sanskrit. An example is Max Meuller. So if the Germans have high regard for Sanskrit why not indians.

  18. Central government and all state governments should introduce Sanskrit as compulsory language in curriculum of secondary schools.

    New Maharashtra BJP govt is planning to introduce Urdu in state govt.owned Marathi schools to appease Muslims.

  19. Those who object to Sanskrit should be imprisoned without the possibility of parole. They should be charged for treason.The lesser sentence would be to deport them (throw them in the sea with a leaking boat). India has had enough of these pathetic pseudo Europeans.

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