Thursday, May 27, 2010

RSS wants Sanskrit registered in census -

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    • Kiran Tare / DNA
    • After opposing the caste based census, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) now wants citizens to voluntarily register Sanskrit as their second language in the census.
    • The RSS feels that if people register the language, the final census data would reflect higher literacy of Sanskrit, which will force the government to take measures to preserve the language.

      “According to the last census, only 14,135 people knew Sanskrit and the language ranked 118 among all Indian languages. The result was that the government listed Sanskrit as an in-danger language like Arabi and Pharsi,” said Shirish Deopujari, an official of Sanskrit Bharati, a wing of the RSS.


      Emphasising the importance of the language, Deopujari said that whoever speaks an Indian language knows at least 50 per cent Sanskrit words as Sanskrit is the mother of most languages.

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