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Two students from Columbia University have taken initiative to spread spoken Sanskrit through Youtube. Their first video begins with the greeting ‘Namo Namaha’.

Sanskrit is the mother of many of Indian languages and has nourished Indian culture and traditions from time immemorial. Much of Indian philosophy, religion, arts, and science are all expressed in Sanskrit.

Yet, today Sanskrit is facing a battle for survival. On one hand, there are attempts to hijack the discourse on Sanskrit and Sanskriti (culture) by American orientalists, as highlighted by Rajiv Malhotra in his latest book ‘Battle for Sanskrit’ and on the other hand, except for ritualistic and religious purpose, Sanskrit is hardly being used for daily communications.

Now, a Chinese student- Yang Qu- and an Indian student- Abhinav Seetharaman- from Columbia University have started a ‘Spoken Sanskrit Series’ in order to introduce ‘seemingly intimidating language in a very approachable and accessible way’ to beginners.

They describe the online course modeled on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as their contribution to the ‘Sanskrit Revival Movement’. They have plans to make a series of conversational videos each of five minutes duration

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China slowdown won’t impact India: Jaitley

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New York: India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said that the slowdown in the Chinese economy is not going to impact his country and India could become the “additional shoulder” the global economy needs to stand on.

“We are not a part of the Chinese supply chain,” he said here Monday. Therefore, “we are not impacted.”

He said that China’s slowdown did, however, affect Indian stock markets and the currency. But he did not see the fallout from China extending beyond them.

China, which had played a role in world economic growth, was now having an adverse effect globally, he said. After China “the world needs additional shoulders to stand on” and India could provide them he added.

Jaitley was speaking Monday at the inauguration of the Deepak and Neera Raj Center on Indian Economic Policies at Columbia University.

The global economic situation will be a challenge for India because it was beyond its control, he said. “The new normal is living in a period of turbulence and volatility,” he said. International crises used to come up every ten years or so, but now they were occurring more frequently, he added.

 

(IANS)