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Sanskrit is not dying in India. But some want to kill it

[Book extract] Some people don't perceive it to possess value.

How many people in India speak Sanskrit?

Strictly speaking, we don’t know and that’s not because relevant tables for Census 2011 aren’t yet ready. We don’t know because we don’t ask. Census primarily asks a question about "mother tongue". Pre-Independence, in 1891 Census, "parent tongue" was also used. But it is mother tongue now. The number of people who reported Sanskrit as their mother tongue in Censuses was 2,212 in 1971, 6,106 in 1981, 49,736 in 1991 and 14,135 in 2001.

Sanskrit is not a non-Scheduled language. It is one of the languages in the

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