• Saturday, June 25, 2022


Netizens react as Varanasi airport starts Covid announcement in Sanskrit: ‘Can anyone understand?’

An Indian airport (Photo by ARUN SANKAR/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Shubham Ghosh

IN a first in India, the international airport in Varanasi, a city in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, has added Sanskrit language to make announcements cautioning about Covid-19 pandemic. The new addition created a buzz online as the passengers have been familiar with Hindi and English announcements so far.

A video clip featuring the announcement in Sanskrit was shared on the official Twitter handle of the airport, formally known as Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport after India’s former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri.

“Now at Varanasi Airport, after English and Hindi, the Covid norms are being announced in Sanskrit also. At the airport to our respected passengers. As soon as they come, they will feel that they have entered the back place of Kashi – Sanskrit language,” the Hindi tweet said.

Netizens divided

Netizens were, however, divided. While many welcomed it, there were also others who felt it was not going to help as they felt the language was “dead” and asked whether anyone would understand it.

TM Krishna, a musician and author, slammed the move saying “the insanity of this beyond description!”

He added in a sarcastic tone: “Let us also include Pali and Prakrit. Sarnath is the place where Buddha delivered his first sermon and Ashoka built his most iconic pillar! both languages have a large corpus of material! The sheer stupidity of making a public health safety announcement in Sanskrit!”

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