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Revive Sanskrit

Revive Sanskrit

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Article on Reviving Sanskṛt & Macaulayan education in India by Retired Income Tax chief, J G Arora.
Article on Reviving Sanskṛt & Macaulayan education in India by Retired Income Tax chief, J G Arora.

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Revive Sanskrit 
There is a Sanskrit aphorism, "prithivyam triniratnani / jalam annam subhashitam" (there are threeprecious treasures on earth: water, foodgrains, andapt quotations). To these three riches can be addedthe fourth known as Sanskrit: the vast ocean of wisdom and knowledge.
 
Sanskrit is the symbol and heart of India. It is themost precious possession of India. As per Sir MonierMonier-Williams (1819-1899), famous for his SanskritEnglish dictionary, "India's national character is cast ina Sanskrit mould and in Sanskrit language. Itsliterature is a key to its vast religious system. Sanskritis one medium of approach to the hearts of Indians."Till a few centuries ago, glorious Hindu religion,culture and philosophy used to stretch from Gandhar(modern day Afghanistan) to Indonesia. And Sanskritlanguage was the instrument for this prominence. Butrepeated Muslim invasions of Indian subcontinentbrought destruction of many prestigious centres of learning leading to decline of Sanskrit.
 
Sanskrit and Macaulayan education
 
Literally meaning "refined and sanctified", and pridingitself as cultured, Sanskrit is acclaimed as the best,sweetest and divine language (bhashasu mukhyamadhura divya geervaan bharati). Sanskrit is thedivine language revealed through the sages(Sanskritam naam daivi vaak anavyakhyatamaharshibhihi). But though excepting Tirukkural
 
which is in Tamil, almost all Hindu scriptures likeVedas, Upanishads, Ramayana and Mahabharata arewritten in Sanskrit, Sanskrit has been driven out of Indian schools and colleges by Macaulay's educationintroduced in India in 1835.Macaulayan education downgraded Indian languagesincluding Sanskrit and replaced them with English.This education was introduced to de-Hinduize Hindusas is evident in Macaulay's following letter datedOctober 12, 1836 to his evangelist father,"Our English schools are flourishing wonderfully; wefind it difficult to provide instruction to all. The effectof this education on Hindus is prodigious. No Hinduwho has received an English education ever remainssincerely attached to his religion. It is my firm belief that if our plans of education are followed up, therewill not be a single idolater among the respectedclasses 30 years hence. And this will be effectedwithout our efforts to proselytize; I heartily rejoice inthe prospect."
 
De-Hinduized by Macaulayan education, and brainwashed by Macaulayan media, most of Hinduintellectuals, MBAs, business persons, doctors,lawyers, chartered accountants, engineers, teachersand the rest are self-alienated and do not knowSanskrit, and do not know much about Hindu religionor heritage, or about Vedas, Upanishads, Ramayana,Mahabharata or Tirukkural.India was expected to discard Macaulayism after theBritish left in 1947. On September 10, 1949, Dr. B.R.
 
Ambedkar even sponsored an amendment makingSanskrit as the official language of India. But the saidamendment was defeated in the ConstituentAssembly. However, Sanskrit was included in theEighth Schedule of Indian Constitution.But shockingly, Macaulay's missionary-orientedcolonial education and neglect of Sanskrit is stillgripping Independent India. After banishing Sanskritfrom Indian schools and colleges, Macaulayists callSanskrit 'the dead language'.
 
Sublime thoughts in sublime language
 
Sanskrit contains sublime thoughts in sublime words.All the Vedas, Upanishads, Aadi Kavi MaharishiValamiki's Aadi kavyam Ramayana with 24,000stanzas, Mahabharata, the longest poem in the worldwith over 1,00,000 stanzas, eighteen Puranas andseveral other holy books are all written in Sanskrit.Mahabharata also contains Bhagavad Gita. A verse of Mahabharata proclaims that what is found inMahabharata may appear elsewhere but what is not inMahabharata would be found nowhere.To understand and appreciate beauty of Vedas,Sanskrit provides six Vedangs: Shikhsha (phonetics),Vyakarna (grammar), Chhanda (metre), Nirukta(etymology), Kalpa (religious practice) and Jyotish(astronomy).Mention is made here of a few Vedic gems.Mata bhumih putro aham prithivyaha (earth is ourmother and we are its children); kevalagho kevalaadi

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