The Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport in Varanasi has now added a third language to make announcements at the airport. Reports state passengers will now hear Covid-19 announcements in the Sanskrit language.
The initiative by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is in collaboration with Banaras Hindu University. A clip featuring the Sanskrit announcement shared by the official Twitter account of Varanasi Airport has gone viral on Twitter.
अब #भाविप्रा वाराणसी विमानतल पर अंग्रेजी और हिंदी के बाद संस्कृत में भी कोविड मानदंडों की घोषणा की जा रही है|— VARANASI AIRPORT (@AAIVNSAIRPORT) June 17, 2022
हमारे सम्मानित यात्रियों को विमानतल पर
आते ही महसूस हो जाएगा कि वे काशी - संस्कृत भाषा के पीठ स्थान में प्रवेश कर चुके हैं|@AAI_Official @aaiRedNR pic.twitter.com/E0RcD3LfSS
The clip has created a buzz on Twitter, and people have a lot of questions and opinions about it. Have a look:
Is there no sanskrit word for mask ? The word "Mask" was being used in the announcement. Just asking. https://t.co/lbbfym8tHQ— Abhijit Moitra (@abmoitra) June 19, 2022
Sanskrit announcement on Covid at Varanasi airport. Can anyone understand? https://t.co/PQ4bd4WegI— Ramesh Parida (@RameshParida1) June 19, 2022
Nothing against the language, did the authorities do a survey to understand the number of people who needed the announcement in Sanskrit before implementing it? If the answer is no and people are going to ignore, what is the use then? #useless— drk (@rmkmrd) June 20, 2022
It is pleasant that the announcement is being made in #Sanskrit at #Varanasi airport. This is a good effort to make Sanskrit the common language. This should happen at Varanasi railway station also. #संस्कृत @ShefVaidya @bibekdebroy @DrKirodilalBJP @RamcharanBohra @chitraaum pic.twitter.com/Mv0BqfKxJS— Kosalendradas कोसलेन्द्रदास: (@Kosalendradas) June 18, 2022
Very nice effort to make Sanskrit a common language. It is such a beautiful language. Students of many states are now not able to learn Sanskrit because of regional language compulsion. But Varanasi has made such a nice attempt👌— Khushboo Mehta (@Khushboo2611407) June 20, 2022
Lo. Ho gya .— Indelible Human (@NolastnameSingh) June 19, 2022
I want to go there just to see the confusion https://t.co/cf7Za7TPVu
Why not in ancient Pali instead of Sanskrit ? I’m fluent ! https://t.co/SLO8H05Oy8— The Cheshire Cat (@C90284166) June 20, 2022
The initiative was taken to give respect to the language.