The Indian Express|Written by Geeta Chaudhary | Updated: March 2, 2020 9:42:18 am

Since ancient times, Sanskrit has been an important language in India.

Languages never belong to a particular religion. But members of various religious communities do speak different languages to foster understanding among themselves. It is a cultural bond that unites people rather than divides them. In the past, if the Hindus had spoken only one language, India would have been deprived of its proverbial diversity. From the time of Alberuni down to Ram Mohan Roy, India has seen Muslims learning Sanskrit and Hindus mastering Persian. Today, English is a widely spoken language in India and Indians have as much claim over it as any American, Australian, British or Canadian. If a Muslim teaches Sanskrit and a Hindu learns Arabic, it is not going to change the demography of India.

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