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Manipur government’s Sanskrit move faces hurdle

The BJP-led Manipur government’s move to introduce Sanskrit in the curriculum of selected schools and colleges has met with opposition.

Published: 22nd November 2020 10:06 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd November 2020 10:06 AM   |  A+A-

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GUWAHATI: The BJP-led Manipur government’s move to introduce Sanskrit in the curriculum of selected schools and colleges has met with opposition. During a visit to the Sanatan Sanskrit Vidyalaya in Kangpokpi district on Thursday, the state’s Education Minister S Rajen had asserted that the Manipur University was mulling opening a department for the subject.

However, the Manipur Students’ Association Delhi (MSAD) is not amused. It viewed the move as the ‘dominant attitude of RSS-oriented government of Manipur’. It said the Sanskrit texts are ‘too malicious’ to be taught to the students of Manipur where not a single word of it is inherited to the mother tongue of the indigenous population. 

“The government exposes its stupidity by trying to impose Sanskrit which is based on hatred, untouchability, sexism, domination, chauvinism...MSAD sees it as an attempt to enslave the people of Manipur academically and linguistically in furthering India’s process of colonialism against Manipur. Imposing an alien language upon the indigenous people is completely a sign of colonisation,” the students’ body said in a statement. 

Describing the minister’s statement on the proposed introduction of Sanskrit as “highly condemnable”, it appealed to all organisations to stand up against the government’s move. Manipur is home to a large number of ethnic communities with the Meiteis being the largest group. 



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