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"Sanskrit has been found to be the best language for computers."இதை முற்றிலுமாகப் புரிந்துகொள்ள முடியவில்லை. எனவே அவரிடம் மேற்கொண்டு பேசவேண்டும்.
One of the recently frequent sagely utterances that have more sound than meaning – [mouthed even by those who are expected to know exactly what they mean by it] – is the statement above, which is further paraphrased as "Sanskrit has been proved to be the fittest language for the computer". The utterances more often reek of emotional effusion rather than precision of meaning – being made by those for whom 'Sanskrit' evokes a hearty feeling of 'our proud sacred heritage' while 'computer' stands cognate with the grudgingly envied 'Western Technology'!
Is the statement true are false? Either neither or both! It is just fuzzy, with the exact meaning confounded with nebulous notions of the relation between Sanskrit and Computer. Unless clearly and precisely stated, such vague utterances are only likely to be counter-productive, in to-day's socio-political milieu of linguistic hatreds.
The clear picture, simply put to start with, is this:- Traces of what we call to-day's computer concepts are there present in the structure of the Sanskrit language. The glibly claimed 'best-fittedness' of Sanskrit to the Computer arises from the fact that Sanskrit is acclaimed for linguistic features, (unique among the world’s languages), that are remarkably parallel to the modern 'formal language theory' developed in computer language design. The 'Backus Normal Form' invented in 1959 AD has been anticipated by Panini in his 2000-odd year old Ashtaadhyaayi in his treatment of language structure in a remarkably terse and precise mathematically formal fashion. Ever since the modern sage of computer science, Noam Chomsky, recognized this, the computer scientists the world over include if not start up with the study of Panini and others' Sanskrit works.