A meeting titled Sanskrit Gangasagar will be held at Belur Math on Sunday to popularise the Sanskrit language.
The Chief Justice of High Court Manjula Chellur, Vivek Deb Roy and Swami Atmapriyananda, vice chancellor of Ramakrishna Mission, Vivekananda University will be present. The function has been organised by Sanskrit Bharti. Because of the organisation’s intense effort many people can speak in Sanskrit in the state.
It may be mentioned that following the initiative taken by the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Sanskrit College has been upgraded to a university.The Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math has opened Veda Vidyalaya where students are taught the ancient scripture. Sanskrit is taught in the School of languages in Gol Park Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture. It may be recalled that Heidelberg University in Germany has a Sanskrit department.
In London in more than 30 schools, students have taken Sanskrit as their second language. Hundreds of students from Germany and Japan come to Varanasi and Hrishikesh to learn Sanskrit.
After coming to power in the state in 1977, the Left Front government withdrew Sanskrit from the list of fourth subjects and did not take any step to revive the language. On the contrary, the Left Front government termed it as a “dead language as it is connected with priest craft.”