Manipur Students Association Delhi against imposition of Sanskrit in Manipur

The Manipur Students Association Delhi has condemned the announcement of the education minister to introduce Sanskrit as a subject in Manipur.

The Manipur Students Association Delhi has condemned the announcement of the education minister to introduce Sanskrit as a subject in Manipur.

MSAD secretary Kenedy Moirangrhem stated in a release on Friday that the organisation condemned the dominant attitude of the "RSS-oriented" government of Manipur by trying to impose Sanskrit as a subject in schools and colleges in Manipur.

The release stated that MSAD sees the action of the education minister as an attempt to enslave the people of Manipur academically and linguistically in furthering India’s process of colonialism in Manipur. It added that imposition of an "alien language" upon the indigenous people is completely a "sign of colonisation".

"Sanskrit texts are too malicious to be taught to the students of Manipur where not a single word of it is inherited to the mother tongue of the indigenous population," MSAD stated.

There are above 30 dialects spoken by the indigenous people of Manipur most of which are about to be extinct lest measures are taken up to continue their existence, it added.

MSAD also appealed to all the forward groups to stand against the government strategy of converting Manipuri society into a Hinduised society and systematically enslaving the people.

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First Published:Nov. 21, 2020, 1:54 p.m.

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