‘Ambedkar wanted Sanskrit to be official language of India’

Published - October 08, 2018 01:07 am IST - MANGALURU

A gathering at an interaction programme at Canara College in Mangaluru on Sunday.

A gathering at an interaction programme at Canara College in Mangaluru on Sunday.

National organising secretary of Samskrita Bharati Dinesh Kamath said here on Sunday that Sanskrit taught the science of pronunciation.

Speaking on the topic, “Samskrita in education”, at a programme organised by the city unit of Samskrita Bharati at Canara College, he said that if one learnt Sanskrit, any language of the world could be pronounced. Knowledge of Sanskrit made one to master the accent of other languages. Appealing to the managements of education institutes to teach students Sanskrit from LKG level, he said that Sanskrit has enriched Kannada. He said that Sanskrit also helped one to get “samskara”.

He claimed that B.R. Ambedkar wanted Sanskrit to become the official language of India. In the Constituent Assembly in 1948, Mr. Ambedkar had supported Sanskrit as the national language. He (Mr. Ambedkar) believed that Sanskrit was the language which united all other languages of the country.

Mr. Kamath said that the original names of many Indian cities and towns had been changed as in the pre-Independence era many foreign rulers who ruled the country could not pronounce the Indian names properly. Hence, for example, Mangaluru became Mangalore and Bengaluru was pronounced as Bangalore. M.R. Vasudeva, president, city unit of Samskrita Bharati, spoke.

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