Strive hard to make Sanskrit Vishwa Bhasha: Dr Joshi

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Sep 2017 09:28:05


Staff Reporter,

Former Union HRD Minister and senior thinker Dr Murli Manohar Joshi on Sunday exhorted scholars to strive hard to make Sanskrit as Vishwa Bhasha (World Language), link it with modern technology and to retrieve the hidden treasure lying in undeciphered manuscripts. Speaking at the function organised by late Pradnyabharati Dr Shridhar Bhaskar Warnekar Janmashatabdi Mahotsav Samiti and Abhyankar Nagar Nagrik Mandal to pay homage to Sanskrit Scholar Dr S B Warnekar at Scientific Society Hall, Dr Joshi made it clear that mere harping on past glory and lip-service will not be sufficient, but we will have to make conscious efforts to make Sanskrit a popular language by reaching out to young generation.

Besides we will have to create employment and earning opportunities in Sanskrit, he stated.
Dr Joshi recalled, when he was HRD Minister, he had a chance to look at the Sanskrit commission report on Sanskrit as an official language. It stated that ‘during the few stormy days of the Constituent Assembly's discussion of this question, the impasse was sought to be solved by proposing Sanskrit as the Rashtrabhasha; and late Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, was also reported to have favoured that proposal’.

The reports published in news paper stated, Dr Ambedkar, was among those who had sponsored Sanskrit as the official language of the Indian Union. Unfortunately, Sanskrit language after independence was labeled as a language of Brahmins and the politicians had ruined it, he lamented while taking dig at those trying to reduce importance of Sanskrit.

Had Sanskrit been given a status of national language, the country would have been on the top of the world, Dr Joshi pointed out while lamenting that the politics and politicians after independence killed ‘Sanskrit’ which is a treasure of knowledge. Describing Sanskrit is a core identity to understand Bharat and a key factor behind unity and integrity of Bharat, Dr Joshi explained, all ancient scientific scriptures are in Sanskrit language. Despite many invasions, the country is still having about 1.5 crore to 2 crores manuscripts.

To understand and decodify these scripts, one must understand Sanskrit and we must take a vow to make Sanskrit as ‘Vishwa Bhasha’ which will be a real tribute to Pradnyabharati Dr Shridhar Bhaskar Warnekar, he added.

Union Minister of Road Transport and President of reception committee of Janmashatabdi Mahotsav Samiti, Nitin Gadkari presided over the function. Rambhau Khandwe, Working President and Arvind Mardikar, convener of Samiti; Dnyaneshwar Shendre and Ravindra Kaskhedikar, President and Secretary respectively of Abhyankar Nagar Nagrik Mandal also shared dais.

Describing Sanskrit as a computer friendly language, Dr Joshi, himself an eminent physicist, stated that the first description of binary numeral system could be located in Chhanda Shashtra of Pingala Rishi. The computer language is also based on binary system. If the country had studied Sanskrit, then the Indian scientists would have got the royalty of computer language, he stated. At the same time, Dr Joshi expressed deep concern over working of Sanskrit universities in India and condition of the teachers working there.

Nitin Gadkari termed late Dr Shridhar Bhaskar Warnekar as eminent scholar who dedicated his entire life for the promotion of Sanskrit language. Gadkari appealed the citizens to preach Sanskrit in society as language of masses and conduct research on the scientific principles in Sanskrit scriptures which will be real homage to Dr Warnekar.
Arvind Mardikar, made introductory remarks and conducted the proceedings.
Dr Kalyani Anant Kale gave audio visual presentation on the life of late Dr Warnekar.