Sanskrit, Nepal & the World

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Ganesha
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Sanskrit, Nepal & the World

Postby Ganesha » Thu Aug 12, 2010 12:30 pm

"Sanskrit is useless in putting food on your table"
"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.

Other Sanskrit sites of interest:
  • http://sanskritdocuments.org/
  • http://venetiaansell.wordpress.com/
  • http://sanskritlinks.blogspot.com/
Now, the question is, what do we do in Nepal? How do we teach if we do, Sanskrit in Nepal? Does it need a brand new understanding and methodology to study it? Or do you think Sanskrit is dead and should be allowed to die its natural death.
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kazi
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Re: Sanskrit, Nepal & the World

Postby kazi » Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:41 pm

If I recall correctly, basic Sanskrit learning was compulsory for two years. I do not know if it helped me in any way, but I am always for learning new languages, specially for children. People around here that I know of make it a point to teach young children at least a second language be it Chinese or sign language. Experts say, it stimulates their brains.

Since I am not a Sanskrit expert the only way I can know if it is useful as a part of the academic curriculum is by comparison with other languages. For example, people in the West were taught Latin compulsorily. Perhaps that was because of the prevalence of religion because I do not think Latin is compulsory nowadays. However, there is choice for school kids to learn a second language in middle school.

What caught my eye in your thread was that NASA considers Sankrit as the only unambiguous natural language. This is interesting because natural language processing with all its glorified ambiguity is one of the biggest challenges of today.
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