Why can't Sanskrit be our Official Language? Asks Former CJI Bobde

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Bobde clarified that introducing Sanskrit would not amount to introducing any religion, as majority of the language has nothing to do with any religion but deals with issues like philosophy, law, science, literature, phonetics, etc.

Speaking at the Akhil Bhartiya Chhatra Sammellan organized by Sanskrit Bharti, former Chief Justice of India SA Bobde on Friday remarked that Sanskrit should be the country's official language and should be used at courts as well.

Bobde added that while Hindi and English are used as official languages in governance and courts as per law, every Chief Justice receives representations seeking nod to introduce respective regional languages, which is now a reality in the district level judiciary and some high courts.

He added that even BR Ambedkar had proposed making Sanskrit the official language in 1949.

"Sanskrit vocabulary is common to a lot of our languages. I ask myself this question as to why Sanskrit cannot be the official language as Dr Ambedkar had proposed," he said.

Noting that 41 per cent of the rich speak English, while it is just 2 per cent among the poor, the former CJI said that Sanskrit is possibly the only language which can co-exist with our regional languages.

Admitting that such a transition would take years, Bobde further said that for such purposes Sanskrit will have to be taught as a language without any religious connotation, like English is taught in professional courses. 

"Sanskrit does not belong to South or North India, is perfectly capable for secular use and has been found most suited for computers by a NASA scientist," the former CJI remarked.