India’s Sanskrit Revival Has the Flavor of Historical Caste Control

A young student reads Sanskrit scripts while attending class at Budhanilkantha Vedh Vidhya ashram, a school imparting vedic knowledge  in Katmandu, Nepal, on June 13, 2013.  (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
A young student reads Sanskrit scripts while attending class at Budhanilkantha Vedh Vidhya ashram, a school imparting vedic knowledge in Katmandu, Nepal, on June 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

The new Indian government has engaged the country in a controversial revival of a relatively obscure ancient language. So far, it has required students to replace the study...

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