Make Sanskrit compulsory in CBSE till Class XII: RSS outfit


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After it succeeded in getting German removed as a third language from Centre-run Kendriya Vidyalayas, Sanskrit Bharati – a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh outfit – now wants the Human Resources Development Ministry headed by Smriti Irani to implement the same in all CBSE-affiliated schools across the country.

Senior RSS member Dinesh Kamath, who heads the Sanskrit Bharati, said his outfit will carry an agitation if CBSE schools do not stop teaching foreign languages as a third language and instead implement Sanskrit till Class XII. He said the organisation will conduct Sanskrit conferences in 500 districts across the country to campaign for the ancient language.

Meanwhile, another outfit called Sanskrit Shikshak Sangh – the group that took the matter to court, eventually prompting the HRD Ministry’s decision – on Thursday said that its next move will be to make all other schools drop foreign languages as the third language.

Last week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel flagged the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Australia. Modi is learnt to have assured Merkel that he will look into the matter.

German Ambassador to India, Michael Steiner, also met members of the Sanskrit teachers body that included RSS ideologue Dinanath Batra, who is best known for getting American scholar Wendy Doniger’s ‘The Hindus’ banned in India as well as authoring a series of controversial textbooks for schools in Gujarat and other BJP-run states.

The Centre’s decision to scrap German in Kendriya Vidyalayas has affected over 70,000 students who now have less than four months to begin a new academic year and switch from German to Sanskrit. The job of 700 German teachers is also at stake.