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MLA calls for steps to encourage Sanskrit

UDUPI, AUG. 14. The Udupi MLA, K. Raghupati Bhat, on Thursday said that efforts should be made to encourage Sanskrit.

Presiding over the inaugural function of Samskrita Sandhya Kendra, sponsored by the Rashtriya Samskrita Samsthana at the Volakadu Government High School, here, Mr. Bhat said that the present scenario was such that any talk of encouraging Sanskrit was branded as "fundamentalism."

The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance Government had taken many steps to encourage Sanskrit. The "Sanskrit Sandhya Kendras" were a contribution of the NDA Government, he said. He hoped that the UPA Government at the Centre would allow the kendras to continue.

The former principal of Udupi Sanskrit College, P. Lakshminarayana Sharma, said that that Rashtriya Samskrita Samsthana had taken steps to popularise Sanskrit. It wanted to start 5,000 such kendras in the country. Good textbooks had been published to be distributed in these kendras.

It was unfortunate that some people thought that Sanskrit language and religious institutions represented regressive agenda.

Though the Union Government had released money towards payment of salaries of Sanskrit teachers in schools, the same was being withheld by the Directorate of Sanskrit in the State, he alleged. Teachers in Sanskrit Colleges were not being paid for three months in a row, Mr. Sharma said.

Ashoka Kamath, headmaster of the school, welcomed the gathering. Ananda Acharya U.V., lecturer at the Kendra, anchored the programme.

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