New Delhi: Last week, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced “Sanskrit Week” for all schools in India in the second week of August. In that “Sanskrit Week” students from all schools across India should spend some time to memorise unrecognizable verses in Sanskrit and to write Hindi lines ending with “aha” thereby bypassing it as Sanskrit verses.
There were heavy opposition from regional party leaders and many saw it as forceful imposition of Sanskrit and thereby Hinduism into the students, who come cutting across various religions in India. News channels were shouting over the top of their voice that this is suppression of non-Hindu religions in India and that this shows the bigoted mindset of ruling BJP government. And while there were no more murmurs over this week, CBSE had announced “Arabic Week” replacing the “Sanskrit Week” in the period of August 7-14.
Immediately after the announcement, there were celebrations across many of the major cities. Various Secular parties and regional parties distributed sweets and were dancing in joy. Welcoming the announcement, “Only Kannada” movement leader Ussappaa, commented, “This is a good move by the BJP. Every person in this world should learn Arabic, which is a beautiful language. Learning that language opens all the dimensions hidden inside the brain and makes a person rise above all the ignorance. We urge Kannadigas to earn Arabic and use it alongside or even replace Kannada language. But, we will vehemently oppose imposition of Sanskrit and Hindi upon us.”
Tamil leader, Kilavan, was seen partying with his party members outside his party office. A jubilant Kilavan said, “Arabic was the language spoken in India before RSS came, who hid Sanskrit parchments wantedly and sent archaeologists to those areas, thereby falsely proving to people that Sanskrit was spoken in India. We will agitate against Sanskrit and Hindi imposition on us.”
Kerala government expressed happiness over this announcement and even asked for extension of this Arabic Week, for 52 weeks every year. Trinamool Congress has requested that Arabic be made Official language of India replacing Hindi, so that Indians can easily talk with neighboring Pakistan and Afghanistan. Satish Bhattacharjee of TMC, said, “If Arabic is one of the official language of United Nations and if India is part of that United Nations, doesn’t it mean indirectly that Arabic can be official language of India too. Then why are they forcing Hindi and Sanskrit on us?”
Many intellectuals are already racing to enlist themselves in one of these schools as “old” students so that they can learn Arabic and highlight their secular credentials. Scientists expressed their happiness that introduction of Arabic reading and writing into school curriculum will enable the unused portion of brain in students to be used, as it it Right-to-Left oriented language.
Meanwhile, Arnab Goswami continued his #DesigntoPolarise series in his NewsHour with a debate topic as “BY TERMING IT AS ‘ARABIC WEAK’, DOES INDIA HURTS THE SENTIMENTS OF MUSLIMS?”