Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath | Photo: ANI
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Lucknow: Acting on Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s directions, the Uttar Pradesh government has now begun sending out its press releases in Sanskrit, apart from English, Hindi and Urdu.

“As per the instructions of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ji, government press releases will now be issued in Sanskrit language as well,” tweeted the official handle of the chief minister’s office (CMO) Saturday evening.

Along with the tweet, the CMO handle also shared a press release in Sanskrit, with details of the government’s daily review meeting on Covid-19.

According to a senior official in the information department, all major press notes and also the chief minister’s speeches will now be released in Sanskrit. Two senior officials in the department have been given the responsibility to monitor the initiatives.

“Earlier we sent press releases in Hindi, English & Urdu but now Sanskrit has also been added. There are many Urdu newspapers in Uttar Pradesh and so we send press notes in Urdu. When Mulayam Singh Yadav was the chief minister, he focussed on the promotion of the Urdu language,” the senior official mentioned above said.

“During Mayawati and Akhilesh regimes, the department would send press releases in all three languages (Hindi, English & Urdu),” he added. “Now because the CM wants the releases to be sent in Sanskrit, we are doing that as well.”

ThePrint sent text messages and made calls to Shishir Singh, the director of the information department, for an official response but did not receive any. This report will be updated if there is a response.

A decision in this regard was first taken in June 2019, and the information department had also issued a Sanskrit press release then. But the practice was not continued. The department has now tasked two senior officials with a dedicated focus on this. The officials will review all these press releases, officials said.

Yogi’s love for Sanskrit

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed his love for Sanskrit on a number of occasions. He has also called for its development.

Earlier this year, during the ‘Bharatiya Bhasha Mahotsav’, CM Yogi said a person studying Sanskrit can never die of hunger, because the sages of India had long ago associated this language with employment.

He also added that when a person who knows Sanskrit works as a priest, people also give him dakshina and touch their feet. “There can be no greater honour than this,” he said.

Apart from this, Yogi has also focussed on Sanskrit schools in UP. During an event in 2018, he said, “I ask Sanskrit schools that besides imparting traditional education, they should provide computers, English, Science and Mathematics education to face competition.”

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  1. Clearly, this saffron thug, like his saffron bosses in Delhi, does not understand basic economics.

    There is simply no demand for communiqués of any sort in Sanskrit and yet, this so-called monk creates a supply for this non-existent demand. Completely forgetting that Sanskrit speakers in India number a whopping 24,821 according to the 2011 census. Even that figure is questionable but that I guess is another debate.

    Perhaps this Hindutva thug who runs UP could clarify the costs of this Sanskrit stunt. And more importantly, what other service in his dilapidated state gets the axe such that this Sanskrit service is financed.

    And to the many Hindutva supporters who laud this move, do let me know if you are willing to pay a bit more in taxes to finance this.
    There is no such thing as a free lunch.

  2. If pundits were happy with the complex printing ink wasting Devanagari script they may not have created various scripts under different rulers for vernacular languages to divide the country. Nowadays Devanagari Lipi Parishad prefers single Devanagari script despite it’s simplification into Gujanāgarī script for all Indian languages to slowly eliminate vernacular scripts the way they did with Maharashtra’s MODI script.

  3. Education policy needed for India:
    If English medium education is better in India then why not translate all English curriculum and Sanskrit literature in regional languages and provide equal education/information to all? Don’t people read PM’s Mann kī Bāt in all regional languages on website? Don’t they teach Bible in all Indian languages? Sanskrit scholars provide Vedic knowledge to westerners in English via translation and transliteration but not the same way to fellow Indians who protect languages and culture in Indic scripts.Gujarat has given great political leaders as well as simple script to the nation and yet Hindi is taught in a complex printing ink wasting script despite it’s simplification into Gujanāgari script.

  4. With millions of headache typical of this unmanaged State, Sanskrit is a priority for UP. Such a shame. The State will rot like before for many many more years.

  5. I hope all states promote Sanskrit. Sanskrit is our heritage. And we should never forget heritage. Though leftists want all of us kick out our heritage.

    • Mr Srinivas: I assume that you belong to the middle class, that cursed lot of Indians who pay all the taxes that keep the country running. Tell me then Mr Srinivas: what additional % of your income would you be willing to pay as taxes to keep this Sanskrit stunt going?

      In other words, are you willing to put your money where your mouth is ?

      Let me hazard a guess: No you are not willing to pay for it.


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