Sanskrut should become the official language : Former CJI Sharad Bobde

Mr Sharad Bobde

Nagpur – On 27th January, former Chief Justice of India (CJI) Sharad Bobde said that he asks himself – “On 11th September 1949, newspapers reported that Dr Ambedkar was the one who initially proposed making Sanskrut the official language of the Union of India. Many of our languages share their vocabulary with Sanskrut. I ask myself why Sanskrut cannot be the official language as Dr Ambedkar had proposed”.

Citing media reports from 1949, the former CJI said that even Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar, hailed as the architect of the Indian Constitution, had proposed the same. The former CJI made these remarks while speaking at the ‘Akhil Bharatiya Chhatra Sammellan’, organised by Sanskrut Bharti. He clarified that “Sanskrut cannot be made the official language overnight. It would take some years for this to happen”.

Former CJI Bobde mentioned the following.

1. Hindi and English are used as the official languages of the Government and Courts in accordance with the Law, and every Chief Justice receives requests to approve the introduction of the respective regional languages. This is already happening in some High Courts and District Courts, the former CJI mentioned.

2. This issue pertaining to the official language shouldn’t go unresolved. This is happening because of a lack of dialogue between the Government and administration.

3.  Introducing Sanskrut would not be equivalent to introducing any religion because 95% of the language deals with topics related to philosophy, Law, science, literature, phonetics, architecture, astronomy, etc. rather than with any religion.

4. America’s space research organisation NASA’s scientists found this language useful for its computers. They have studied Sanskrut in connection with ‘Artificial Intelligence’. They said the language can be used for sending messages in the least words.

5. In the country 43.63% people speak Hindi and only 6% speak English. The survey further states that only 3% people in rural areas speak English. While 41% of the rich speak in English, only 2% of the poor do so.

6. Sanskrut is the only language that can co-exist with regional languages. This I am claiming after discussion with experts. Numerous Sanskrut words are used while speaking in regional languages and even Urdu has some Sanskrut words. There are more than 60% to 70% Sanskrut words in Marathi, Assamese, Hindi, Telugu, Bengali, Kannada and other languages.

Editorial Viewpoint

When a former Chief Justice of India makes such a statement, it is of great significance. Hindus feel that the Government should seriously consider this suggestion.