Prime Minister Narendra Modi Promotes Sanskrit on World Sanskrit Day
On Thursday, August 31, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a special request to the people of India and the world. He urged everyone to share a sentence in Sanskrit on social media as part of the celebrations for World Sanskrit Day. This initiative aims to promote Indian languages and traditions on a global stage, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive.
“Greetings on World Sanskrit Day. I laud all those who are passionate about it. India has a very special relation with Sanskrit. To celebrate this great language, I urge you all to share one sentence in Sanskrit. In the post below, I will also share a sentence. Don’t forget to use #CelebratingSanskrit.” – Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Modi’s call for celebrating Sanskrit on social media quickly gained traction. People from all walks of life, including ministers, educational institutions, and even foreigners, enthusiastically joined in to showcase their love for Sanskrit and India’s rich cultural heritage.
Prime Minister’s Ongoing Efforts to Promote Sanskrit
This initiative is just one among a series of efforts made by Prime Minister Modi to promote the Sanskrit language. In a recent episode of his popular radio program, ‘Mann Ki Baat,’ he emphasized that Sanskrit is one of the oldest languages in the world and referred to it as the “mother of many modern languages.” During the 80th episode, Modi highlighted the inspiring work being done globally to promote Sanskrit. Similarly, in the 47th episode, he spoke about the ancient language and the wealth of knowledge it contains through Indian texts.
Social Media Buzz
Once the Prime Minister shared his request on social media, there was an outpouring of support. Many individuals, including government officials and leaders, posted their own Sanskrit sentences to celebrate the occasion. This collective effort underscored the deep-rooted connection that India has with Sanskrit.
Responses from Prominent Figures
|Name||Twitter Handle||Sanskrit Sentence|
|Piyush Goyal||@PiyushGoyal||‘G20’ इत्यस्य अध्यक्षरूपे भारतस्य प्राथमिकताः – ‘एकां धरां’ संरक्षितकरणे ‘एकपरिवारे’ सद्भावोत्पन्नकरणे ‘एकभविष्यम्’ आशान्वितकरणे च केन्द्रितम् अस्ति। उक्तञ्च – उदारचरितानां तु वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम्। #CelebratingSanskrit|
|Nirmala Sitharaman||@nsitharamanoffc||आवाम् सर्वे प्रतिज्ञां कुर्मः यत् २०४७ तमवर्षपर्यन्तं भारतं विकसितराष्ट्रं करणीयम् यथा माननीयप्रधानमन्त्री श्री नरेन्द्र मोदी इत्यनेन परिकल्पितम्। #CelebratingSanskrit|
|Dharmendra Pradhan||@dpradhanbjp||प्रधानमंत्री @narendramodi महोदयस्य संस्कृतसहिताभिः सर्व-भारतीय-भाषाभिः सह संलग्नता अस्मभ्यं सर्वेभ्यः प्रेरणास्पदम्। आगच्छन्तु, वयम् अस्माकं भाषिक-विविधतायां गर्वं कुर्याम एवं च संस्कृतस्य उपयोगाय प्रचाराय च समर्पिताः स्याम। #CelebratingSanskrit|
Support from Educational Institutions
Notably, educational institutions also extended their support for the initiative. National Sanskrit University, Tirupati, and IGNOU were among those that greeted Prime Minister Modi’s call to celebrate World Sanskrit Day.
What makes this initiative even more remarkable is the global participation it garnered. People from different countries, including those whose mother tongue is not Sanskrit, expressed their admiration for the language and its significance.
A Celebration of Culture
World Sanskrit Day serves as a reminder of the rich cultural heritage that India possesses. As the world’s oldest language, Sanskrit has left an indelible mark on history, philosophy, and literature. It continues to be a source of pride for Indians and an object of fascination for people worldwide.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to celebrate World Sanskrit Day by sharing Sanskrit sentences on social media has resonated with people across the globe. It is a testament to the enduring significance of Sanskrit and India’s cultural legacy. The enthusiastic response to this initiative reflects a shared appreciation for the beauty and depth of the Sanskrit language.