Indian State and Languages{0}

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.