Even as the BJP government seeks to promote Sanskrit in Kendriya Vidyalayas, Sanskrit Bharati — considered an organisation inspired by the Sangh — has been expanding its operations.
Sources within the organisation say they are in touch with NCERT and Delhi SCERT to promote Sanskrit training in schools. They have in the last one year campaigned in temples, navratra pandals and other places in Delhi to enlist students for their Sanskrit courses.
Sources say Sanskrit Bharati activists have also been coordinating with the government in making educational plans.
Sanskrit Bharati has also recently set up a Sanskrit Promotion Foundation — where Sanskrit happens to be a language of conversation — to promote the language. Chandkiran Saluja, a retired Delhi university teacher and all-India president of Sanskrit Bharati, runs the new office of the foundation near Karol Bagh.
Saluja — who was closely associated with the CBSE school textbooks for Sanskrit — has developed online material and CDs in simple Sanskrit to teach the language. The online material is based on the textbooks, but makes them “easier” to understand.
Sanskrit Bharati has also evolved other innovative methods to teach Sanskrit, like six volumes that teach Sanskrit grammar through the Bhagawad Gita. He has been conducting Sanskrit classes in schools in Delhi and outside and has even conducted sessions with school principals on education. His book Netratvam (leadership) was released by HRD minister Smriti Irani last year.
On Sundays, the office of the Foundation offers classes to students, teachers and professionals in Sanskrit to teach them grammar and conversation in the language.
“It is the duty of the state to promote Sanskrit. Our Preamble says ‘India that is Bharat’. Bharat is not just a territory but also a culture, and Sanskrit is its foundation,” Saluja says. He adds that making German, a foreign language, a third language in central schools was a violation of the three-language formula.