Samskrit Bharati, an RSS-inspired organization working for the promotion of the ancient Indian language, on Friday came out openly in support of the Banaras Hindu University’s Assistant Professor Dr Firoze Khan who was appointed in the faculty of Samskrit Vidya Dharma Vigyan. A section of the students has been on strike for the past few days on the appointment of a Muslim as a member of the faculty.
In a statement, Shreesh Deopujari, national General Secretary of Samskrit Bharati, urged all protesting students to withdraw their protest. “We also request the University authorities to bring the situation back to normal at the earliest. We also request Dr Firoze Khan to fearlessly make his contributions to the University,” he asked.
Deopujari asked: “What is wrong with a Muslim teaching Sanskrit literature? Some people are spreading wrong information in the press media that Dr. Firoze Khan will be teaching Vedic rituals and performing Yagyas. The appointment has been sanctioned by the signatures of the department head and faculty head. Will they appoint a Muslim to teach Vedic rituals or for performing Yagyas? Each department is separate and each department has highly intelligent professors. They are capable of teaching their subjects to the very best.”
According to Deopujari, Dr Khan is one of the thousands of people who were trained by Samskrit Bharati. He said there is a misunderstanding related to Dharmasastra. ‘Dharma does not mean religion. He said the objective of Samskrit Bharati is to spread Samskrit to all over the world. “Apart from India, Samskrit Bharati is active in 17 other countries including Arab countries. We sing a song – Pathyem Samskritam Jagati Sarva Maanavaan (We will teach Samskrit to every human bing in the world.)”