The first course will be on how to write simple sentences, but I could teach
much more advanced courses. Then we could have a steady stream of students
reading the philosophy, culture of India in the original form.
What do you think of the quality of local students?
It's very discouraging. At the JNU, we used to get 180,000 applicants for a
mere 30 seats in our MCA (Masters in Computer Applications) program. We used
to get the best brains in the country; they were ahead of their teachers. It
was a real pleasure to teach them.
Are people in India taking interest in Sanskrit?
I believe so. Jewish scholars have helped revive Hebrew, which was almost
dying, so why not Sanskrit in which we have all our original texts? Our
tutor is a little lamp for Sanskrit and its aim is to provide a leisurely
introduction to the language.