Doordarshan to launch weekly news programme in Sanskrit

DD News will launch a 30 minutes news programme on June 28, coinciding with the World Sanskrit Conference starting in Bangkok the same day.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published: June 7, 2015 12:13 pm
dd news, doordarshan, doordarshan india, doordarshan sanskrit DD News will launch a 30 minutes news programme on June 28, coinciding with the World Sanskrit Conference starting in Bangkok the same day.

Doordarshan will be launching a weekly news programme in Sanskrit on June 28, coinciding with the World Sanskrit Conference starting in Bangkok the same day.

“DDNews will launch half hour News Mag in Sanskrit from June 28, Sunday, 12 noon to coincide with World Sanskrit Confn, Bangkok starting that day,” Prasar Bharti Chairman A Surya Prakash said on Twitter.

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The 16th World Sanskrit Conference is being organised in Bangkok from June 28 to July 2. Union Ministers Sushma Swaraj and Smriti Irani are expected to attend the event. Officials say there have been demands from a section of viewers for a news programme in Sanskrit and DD News being the public broadcaster, wants to cater to this demand and will be launching the programme in order to attract a niche audience.

The channel already has a five minute Sanskrit news bulletin — ‘Varta’ — which is telecast at 6.55 pm everyday. However, it was felt that five minutes was not adequate and hence this 30 minutes programme for weekends will be launched.

The programme has news, reportage, features and discussions in Sanskrit and on basis of the response from the show, the public broadcaster would consider its future plan of action, according to sources.

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    May 29, 2016 at 6:11 am
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      Jun 7, 2015 at 3:42 pm
      This is a very good move. People who have been claiming that Sanskrit is dead or dying language language will probably have to change their stance. Many Western scholars want this language dead and are in the process of deconstructing the great g narrative so as to make Sanskrit irrelevant. These would include some Indian sepoys ex staff of ICHR such as Romila Thapar and her coterie. Then there are people like Sheldon Pollock, a Christian apologist I think, who are scholars but will want Sanskrit to die, this will help with their agenda to colonise the Indian mind set again, this time mentally. So please be proud and sign a peion to revive it. and here mygov
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        Avanish Sevak
        Jun 8, 2015 at 1:26 am
        I came to Sweden in 1972. In my schooldays in India I learned a little Sanskrit and that knowledge helped me to learn Swedish. I request to all Indians please don�t hate any language. To understand any language you must love poetry. Take any Gazal from Ghalib, any doha from Kabir, any shlok from Gita and you will find a treasure in those two lines. Sweden gives a Noble prize in litterature every year. The person receiving that prize is respected more then other Noble Laurettes. We need to respect Sanskrit and people who are scholars in Sanskrit. If you don�t respect yourself nobody is going to respect you,
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          Bijan Mohanty
          Jun 7, 2015 at 5:36 pm
          Sanskrit is an extraordinary language and effort by Present Govt. at Center to revive the language should be welcomed by everybody irrespective of political affiliations. Doordarshan's attempt is praiseworthy.
          1. R
            Jun 7, 2015 at 5:29 pm
            Government should invest money at the right places and at the right time. This is wasting government money when hundreds of farmers are dying and many people are below the poverty line...
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