Sanskrit has moulded the minds of our people to the extent to which they themselves are not conscious. Sanskrit literature is national in one sense, but its purpose has been universal. That was why it commanded the attention of people who were not followers of a particular culture.
– Dr. S. Radhakrishnan
Macaulay the man behind the blueprint of the Colonial India’s schooling system tried to remove Sanskrit from the mainstream. With his step, a downfall in prevalence of Sanskrit reduced in India. An impact of popularity of Sanskrit is clear from the fact that researchers at NASA have been looking at Sanskrit as a possible computer language because of its perfect morphology that leaves very little room for error. The study of Sanskrit in the Universities of Calcutta, Bombay and Madras was to a large extent responsible for existence in globalized India. During its long course of development and expansion, it absorbed numerous elements from the speeches current in all parts of the country. Especially among elite circles in India, Sanskrit is prized as a storehouse of scripture and the language of prayers in Hinduism.
Rick Briggs hailed Sanskrit as an exception by opining that among the accomplishments of the Sanskrit grammarians can be reckoned a method for paraphrasing Sanskrit in a manner that is identical not only in essence but in form with current work in Artificial Intelligence. A natural language can serve as an artificial language also, and that much work in AI has been reinventing wheel millennia old.
There was a great demand from European scholars for a Sanskrit dictionary to further their studies. Wilson was the first to provide one. His mentor in Sanskrit studies, Colebrooke, was president of the Asiatic Society at the time. He appointed Wilson as secretary in 1811, a post he held until 1832. Wilson continued Jones’ work in Indic studies with the more methodological approach that he acquired from Colebrooke. In 1819, the weight of Wilson’s position as secretary of Calcutta’s mint led the Indian government to send him to Varanasi to start a Sanskrit college. It is one of the official languages of Nepal, which shows respect for it.
Sanskrit is one of the world’s most ancient and complex languages, but threatened by the unrelenting juggernaut of modernity the future of Sanskrit is tenuous. It is enshrouded with certain mysticism and imbued with unearthly power that makes it likeable and still enable to sustain onslaughts of dynamism.