B Mahadevan, an Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore) professor, gave a talk at the Indian Institute of World Culture at the invitation of the Sri Tirunarayana Trust on 10th August 2003. Selected excerpts from his speech:
Try to host a discussion on the role of the Sanskrit language in contemporary society. It will be just a matter of time before the discussion gets out of hand. It will be very easy to predict alternative perspectives that are likely to emerge from such a discussion. Politicians take alternative positions on the subject. One group claims it as a convenient way of saffronising this society, while the other group claims it as an important step in rediscovering our lost heritage and cultural roots. A third group brands any attempt to promote Sanskrit as an effort to merely glorify our past.
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