Sanskrit and the Ignoramus

via H.Balakrishnan published on February 11, 2007

While delivering the presidential address at the Lucknow university’s 27th convocation, UP Governor questioned the relevance of Sanskrit in the modern world .According to him learning Sanskrit is going back to bullock cart age when man is walking on the moon.


U.P. Governor’s Anti Sanskrit remarks,were crude,to say the least.


 


Sanskrit is the most ancient of all languages. The extraordinary thing about Sanskrit is that it offers direct accessibility to anyone to that  elevated plane where the two —mathematics and music, brain and heart, analytical and intuitive, scientific and spiritual— become one.


 


We have greatly underestimated the sacred power of language.Until 1100 A.D., Sanskrit was without interruption the official language of the whole of India. The dominance of Sanskrit is indicated by a wealth of literature of widely diverse genres including religious, philosophical,fiction (short stories, fables, novels, and plays); scientific  (linguistics,mathematics, astronomy, and medicine), as well as law and politics.


 


Relevant to this, there has recently been an astounding discovery made at the NASA research center. The most stunning aspect of  the discovery is this: NASA, the most advanced research center in the world for cutting-edge technology, has discovered that Sanskrit, the world’s oldest spiritual language, is the only unambiguous spoken language on the planet and is best suited for research in the field of ‘Artificial Intelligence’


 


The Governor is probably not aware of President Kalam’s address at the Guru Raghavendraswamy Ashram,Mantralayam on 01 FEB.The President stated:


 


“Though I am not an expert in Sanskrit, I have many friends who are proficient in Sanskrit. Sanskrit is a beautiful language. It has enriched our society from time immemorial. Today many nations are trying to research Sanskrit writings which are there in our ancient scriptures. I understand that there is a wealth of knowledge available in Sanskrit which scientists and technologists are finding today.There is a need to carry out research on our Vedas, particularly Atharvana Veda, for eliciting valuable information in science and technology relating to medicine, flight sciences, material sciences and many other related fields. Cryptology is another area where Sanskrit language is liberally used.”


 


The Governor has only ended highlighting his ignoramus status regarding our hoary culture.


 

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