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‘Teach Sanskrit without laying stress on grammar'

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Treasure trove: A visitor going through the books at a stall at the Sanskrit book exhibition in Bangalore on Thursday. — Photo: K. Bhagya Prakash
Treasure trove: A visitor going through the books at a stall at the Sanskrit book exhibition in Bangalore on Thursday. — Photo: K. Bhagya Prakash

The former Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami on Thursday suggested that Sanskrit should be taught in schools without laying stress on grammar, so that the children could learn the ancient language with ease.

He was addressing a large gathering of Sanskrit lovers, including former vice-chancellors of Sanskrit universities, academies and institutions engaged in the promotion of the language across the country, at the five-day first World Sanskrit Book fair organised by Samskrita Bharathi at National College grounds. Barring some guests, the proceedings were in Sanskrit.

Mr. Gopalaswami said that faulty teaching method of teaching the language through English or regional languages led to the decline of the language. All the other world languages are taught in their areas without grammar and children learn them, he said and added that the old practice should be done away with.

Karnataka State Cricket Association president Anil Kumble inaugurated the Jnana Ganga exhibition. He said that he studied Sanskrit as an optional subject in college as he could write answers in English.

Primary and Secondary Education Minister Vishweshvar Hegde Kageri, who inaugurated the Samskrit Grama, lauded Samskrita Bharathi for popularising the language across the country by introducing conversational Sanskrit among common people. He said it only proved that Sanskrit was not a difficult language to learn and called upon people to make it a spoken language.

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