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Ambedkar suggested Sanskrit to be the National Language of India: CJI Bobde

On the occasion of 130th birth anniversary of Dr. B.R Ambedkar, Chief Justice of India Sharad Bobde was present at Maharashtra National Law University at Nagpur inaugurating a new academic building in the campus.

On the occasion of 130th birth anniversary of Dr. B.R Ambedkar, Chief Justice of India Sharad Bobde was present at Maharashtra National Law University at Nagpur inaugurating a new academic building in the campus, there he recalled the time when Ambedkar proposed to make Sanskrit the National language of India, over Hindi.

Ambedkar suggested Sanskrit to be the National Language of India- CJI Bobde - The Wall Post
Ambedkar suggested Sanskrit to be the National Language of India- CJI Bobde (Pic Source: Wikipedia)

The inauguration at MNLU, Nagpur was also attended by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray through video conference. CJI Bobde said that Ambedkar had the idea in mind and he was not sure if the proposal was tabled, but only formulated. He said that it’s had the signatures of some pandits, mullahs and priests.

He also said that the ancient Indian “Nyayshastras” are in no way inferior to that of Aristotle’s philosophies or the Persian system of logic and there was no reason why we should neglect the wisdom of our ancestors.

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CJI Bobde also mentioned the reasoning of Dr. Ambedkar why Sanskrit could be the choice for an official national language. Dr. Ambedkar thought that Tamil and Hindi were two languages that were opposed in each North and South India. But whereas, a language like Sanskrit has no reason to be opposed as it has been the source of many Indian languages.

Speaking of MNLU, he referred to the law university as similar to a nursery where future lawmakers of the country are carefully produced. He also compared MNLU to National Defence Academy which produces officers, but a law university produces judges.

“Law school is the nursery from which springs forth the harvest of our legal profession as well as judges. Dreams of many people have come true with the Maharashtra Law University”