From our Special Correspondent
Silchar, Sept 3: Barak Valley Sanskrit Tol Teachers’ Association (BVSTTA) has strongly resented the decision of the state Cabinet on the issue of Sanskrit Chatuspathi or Tol which it describes as a great hindrance in imparting education in Sanskrit. In order to express their reservation on the Cabinet decision, BVSTTA held a press-meet in the premises of Satya Ranjan College at Kalain, 35 km from here, on Saturday. Briefing the media-persons, Samajit Singha, president of the Association, said that for imparting proper education in Sanskrit, the scholars on the subject formed Sanskrit Board.
Its main objective was not only to keep alive the rich and glorious tradition of Sanskrit education but also to ensure that the core message of this divine language and the instructions on Vedic system of education remains unperturbed. The very meaning of Chatuspathi or Tol is Vedic education where the students have been trained and inspired to get education through Rig Veda, Shyam Veda, Yajur Veda and Atharva Veda. If this very system is subverted, nothing will remain of the ‘Satan Dharma’ and the Vedic system of education, the rich and glorious tradition.
It was through this Vedic system that Srimanta Shankardev received his education at landa despite all the adversities, pointed out Samajit Singha. It was Shankardev who by his determition and dedication brought about a new hope when the Hindu religion itself was facing decline. It could be possible through the hoary Vedic education that he received. It is beyond any comprehension why the BJP led Government at Dispur should take retrograde steps and in whose interest. Sanskrit teachers fail to find any logic why the Chatuspathi or Sanskrit Tols should be affiliated to Bhaskar Varma Sanskrit Viswavidyalaya.
The Association apprehends such a decision would not only create problems for the Chatuspathi or Tols of this valley but also other districts also. Before much damage is done by such decision of the state Cabinet, the Association urges upon the state government to rescind the decision of the Cabinet on Sanskrit Board and restore its earlier status in the overall interest of Vedic system of education. Presently, there are 101 Assam government approved Tols while the number of recognized Sanskrit educatiol institutions is 771.