Sanskrit is not a dead language: Dr. Rezvi Sultana of Assam

Story by  ATV | Posted by  Aasha Khosa | Date 10-07-2024
Dr. Rezvi Sultana of USTM
Dr. Rezvi Sultana of USTM


Munni Begum/Guwahati

No language including Sanskrit belongs to a particular religion of people; it's a universal legacy of human evolution. Dr. Rezvi Sultana is a living example of this thought. As a sanskrit scholar, she is spreading the light of knowledge through this ancient Indian language that many think is a prerogative of people of one religion.

She is currently teaching Sanskrit to students as an Assistant Professor of Sanskrit at the Ayurvedic College under the University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya (USTM). 

Speaking with Awaz-The Voice' Assam, Dr Rezvi Sultana said, "When I studied Sanskrit as a fourth subject in class VIII, I developed a special passion for the subject. No one from my family or society hindered me from taking it up." I passed my High School Leaving Certificate Examination with the highest marks in Sanskrit in the state and then I enrolled in Cotton College and passed my Higher Secondary Examination with the second highest marks in Sanskrit I graduated with honors from Hindu College under Delhi University in 2006 and M.Phil in 2016 and Doctorate from Guwahati University in 2017. So I think everyone should study Sanskrit because in Sanskrit There's a lot to know."   

Nowadays, some people consider Sanskrit as a dead language. The fact is that such people only read for the heck of it and don't have the appetite to grab its richness and beauty.

"We don't use Sanskrit in our daily lives because it has been considered a dead language. Sanskrit is not a dead language. Sanskrit has been used in all the Vedas, Upanishads, etc. since ancient times. At present, Sanskrit has been made compulsory among students in all schools under CBSC and SEBA.”  

Sanskrit is a divine language and the root of all languages ​​is Sanskrit. Reading Sanskrit corrects our language. However, there is very little interest in studying Sanskrit among the present generation. There is a perception among us about Sanskrit that it is a very difficult language of the Vedas and Upanishads. Students have been studying this Sanskrit subject only to get marks.  

"There is very little interest in studying Sanskrit among the current generation. They study it to a certain stage but leave it behind. There is a perception that this language is the most difficult in the Vedas and Upanishads That is why students have been studying this subject because Sanskrit is like mathematics and good marks can be obtained by remembering only verses. Therefore, verses are taught to interest students, and stories of the Panchatantra are taught and are allowed to do some daily activities."  

 "We hear different opinions all around us in the name of religion. But nowhere in the Qur'an and Vedas does it say to hate other religions. I read the Qur'an and study the Vedas," said Dr. Rezbi Sultana But I have never found any difference between Hindus believing in God and Hindus worshiping God in different forms. The religion of others should be respected as one respects one's religion.