Gujarat gets its first Sanskrit daily

via published on July 28, 2010

The newspaper will be launched in Vadodara, Surat, Bharuch, Palanpur, Modasa, Idar

Lovers of Sanskrit language have a reason to rejoice. In a first in the state, Sanskrit scholars in M S University, Vadodara, are coming up with a Sanskrit daily.

The first copy of the newspaper — Sanskrit Vartaman Patram — will be launched in Vadodara, Surat, Bharuch, Palanpur, Modasa and Idar on Sunday.

The newspaper, which is the third Sanskrit newspaper in the country, aims to take the language of vedas to the readers. The other two Sanskrit newspapers are published in Mysore and Kanpur.

MSU professor Praful Purohit, who ideated the plan, said: “We have been thinking about launching a Sanskrit daily for the last three years. We used to publish a monthly magazine. We have planned to start with 1,500 copies and the cost will be at par with other dailies.”

“We are a team of three but we are also taking help from the students. The newspaper will have local, national and international reports. We will also have articles on our historic pasts. We have asked our students to file reports,” said M L Wadekar, director of MS University’s Oriental Institute, and one of the three editors.

“We had initially brought out a pilot copy of the newspaper and the response was encouraging. We will be using simple Sanskrit words, which even a person with no knowledge of the language can understand. We will also include a glossary of Sanskrit words translated in Hindi, English, Gujarati and Marathi,”

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