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PM stresses for promoting Sanskrit

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said that the government will aim to provide vocational training to those studying ancient languages such as Sanskrit.

delhi Updated: Jan 05, 2012 21:10 IST
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said that the government will aim to provide vocational training to those studying ancient languages such as Sanskrit.

In inaugurating the World Sanskrit Conference, Singh said the spirit of liberalism and tolerance embedded in it must be inculcated in our present day life.

“Like the civilisation of India, Sanskrit does not belong to any particular race, sect or religion. It represents a culture that is not narrow and sectarian but open tolerant and all-embracing...It is this spirit of liberalism and tolerance embedded in Sanskrit that we must inculcate in our present day life," he said.

Singh also said that Sanskrit, which is recognised as one of the oldest living languages in world, is often misunderstood as only a language of religious hymns and rituals.

“Such an understanding does great injustice to the great genius of the language and betrays ignorance of the work of great writers, thinkers, sages and scientists like Kautilya, Charaka, Sushruta, Aryabhata, Varahmihira, Brahmagupta, Bhaskaracharya an others," he said.