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Summer Camps Revive India's Ancient Sanskrit; Effort Is Part of Bitter Debate Over the Role of Hindu Language in a Diverse Society
The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Subjects: Religion; Teaching methods; Language; Camps
Author: Rama Lakshmi - Washington Post Foreign Service
Date: Jun 15, 2008
Start Page: A.12
Section: A SECTION

The scholars warn against exploiting Indians' reverence for Sanskrit to promote the supremacy of Hindu thought in a country that, while predominantly Hindu, is also home to a large Muslim population and other religious minorities. How many people really speak Sanskrit in India? said Ramjanam Sharma, head of languages at the National Council of Educational Research and Training, a government body that designs school curriculums.

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