‘Vishvas’: a word that threatens Pakistan

Published: September 20, 2012

NEW DELHI: This is with reference to Khaled Ahmed’s article “‘Vishvas’: a word that threatens Pakistan” (September 19). The writer has cited the negative reaction of certain sections, including actor Shaan, to the use of the Hindi word ‘vishvas’ by the Pakistani prime minister, with some calling it “Indian culture’s invasion” of the country. Has anyone in Pakistan ever realised that Sanskrit is actually Pakistan’s own language? It was developed in the region by the ancestors of present-day Pakistanis. A word, a picture, a video and an actress are seemingly enough to make religious fanatics insecure. What about the way Shaan uses English words in every other sentence he says? Should we start calling that a Christian invasion?

Vishnu Dutta

Published in The Express Tribune, September 20th, 2012.


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Reader Comments (4)

  • Maria
    Sep 20, 2012 - 9:11AM

    I think you are mistaken to think that Sanskrit is born in Pakistan. In fact the ancient language is the Indus Valley civilization is older than Sanskrit and remains unintelligible to this day.


  • Yaida M
    Sep 20, 2012 - 12:06PM

    Indian Presidents/PMs routinely use urdu words in their speeches and nothing is made of it. I think Pakistan is getting more and more paranoid by the day. Chill out and embrace the ebb and flow of cultural tides.


  • Genesis
    Sep 20, 2012 - 10:16PM

    There is more Urdu than Hindi in many of the Hindi films.It is what is popularly known as Hindustani.That does not matter.Urdu is an official language in many states in India.Sanskrit is an ancient language belonging to the Indo-European family.The language of the Zoroastrians or early Persians was Gathas with close links to Sanskrit Many of the texts of ancient Zoroastrian religions whose knowledge was forgotten was unlocked using Sanskrit.


  • Giri
    Sep 20, 2012 - 10:37PM

    You mean the language that Neanderthals were speaking? There were many I guess like that before Sanskrit, first major language from which many other present day languages were born.


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