"Sanskrit is a brahmin only language"
"Sanskrit is a very difficult language put needlessly on our kids heads"
"Do you want to be a plain pandit by learning Sanskrit?"
Above are common questions and assumptions about Sanskrit in Nepal, just a sample among many. But, what is happening in the world though its a whole lot different than what is thought here.
- In "Why does my child do Sanskrit?", Rutger Kortenhorst talks about the goodness of teaching/learning Sanskrit. An excerpt is provided below as to the importance given to it by the world's renowned academic institutions.The exceptional features of Sanskrit have been recognised for a few centuries all over the world, so you will find universities from many countries having a Sanskrit faculty. Whether you go to Hawai, Cambridge or Harvard and even Trinity College Dublin has a seat for Sanskrit ...
- NASA pays its respects to Sanskrit in "Modern scientists hail the ancient language of the gods as the only unambiguous natural language on the planet". Go to NASA's homepage and search for the word "Sanskrit". You will be amazed by how many hits you get!
- A scholarly Sheldom Pollock has written a book (among various others) called "The Language of the Gods in the World of Men" which discusses in detail on Sanskrit, culture and power in premodern India. (Its always that a Western scholar has to tell us how important our own cultural heritage is.)