A former Congress MP spoke at a Sanskrit promotion event chaired by the head of a religious group on Thursday and accused his party’s previous government of not having understood “the importance of the issue of Sanskrit language in Kendriya Vidyalayas”.
Another former Congress MP said the UPA government was unable to take a final decision on using Hindi as an official language.
The event was organised by Sanskrit Shikshak Sangh and other Sanskrit promotion organisations to discuss the recent controversy over teaching of Sanskrit at Central schools. It was chaired by the president of the Delhi Arya Pratinidhi Sabha.
Congress’s former MP from Almoda, Pradeep Tamta, said the UPA government had taken a long time to file a reply to the case in the Delhi High Court as it had not understood the importance of the issue of teaching Sanskrit in Kendriya Vidyalayas”.
“But the new government understood it, and I congratulate them,” Tamta said.
Former Delhi MP Mahabal Mishra took a potshot at the UPA government’s “failure” to take a final decision on using Hindi as an official language. “I found it strange that members of the Rajbhasha Committee went for tours of foreign countries to understand how to implement Hindi or other Indian languages as the official language. The British imposed English on us and now we are shackled to it,” Mishra said.
Speakers also included former Delhi High Court Judge Justice S N Dhingra, Delhi University Sanskrit department head professor R C Bhardwaj and former Delhi Mayor Mahesh Chand Sharma.
Bhardwaj thanked HRD Minister Smriti Irani for “welcoming the return of the Sanskrit yuga (era)”. “It is not enough to spend millions on endowments and chairs at universities. We need to develop the knowledge that is thousands of years old, an propagate Sanskrit education in schools,” he said.