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Indian State Says It’ll Require Study of Sanskrit, Raising Eyebrows

MUMBAI, India — The government of the northeastern Indian state of Assam announced this week that Sanskrit, the ancient liturgical language of the Brahmin priesthood, would now be mandatory for students in the upper grades of all public high schools.

Wider teaching of Sanskrit has been championed by activists from the Bharatiya Janata Party and Hindu nationalists, who view it as a way to strengthen Indians’ knowledge of and respect for pre-colonial civilizations.

But the announce

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