Indian State and Languages

A recent move by the state of Assam, in India, has made Sanskrit, the ancient language of Hindi Scholars, required for state-run schools. The Indian government views this as a way of increasing knowledge and respect of pre-colonial India. However, many activist groups disagree. Sanskrit is a very uncommon language in India with less than .1% of the population speaking it which means, as well as teaching a potentially non useful language, it means that many outsiders will be hired to teach instead of locals. Most Indian schools already teach 3 languages, the regional language, Hindi, and English, with that in mind many people wonder if teaching another language class is better than teaching a history or geography class about India instead. The Indian government is attempting to restore knowledge of India before colonization but may be going about it the wrong way.

Source:https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/world/asia/india-sanskrit-assam.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FLanguage%20and%20Languages&action=click&contentCollection=timestopics&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=collection&_r=0

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