Sanskrit and faith-based development: Searching for Sanskrit speakers in the Indian Census

Patrick McCartney
21 min readFeb 9, 2021

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This essay has two parts. The first discusses Sanskrit’s relative rankings within the 2011 and 2001 Indian censuses. The second is a discussion of how Sanskrit is operationalized for strategic soft power applications related to faith-based development.

Part 1: Sanskrit in the Census

As far as historical linguists and sociologists are concerned, Sanskrit became a…