Published On: Thu, Oct 24th, 2013

Now, CM’s official portal has a Sanskrit version

Ahiral Dave : Gandhinagar

Chief Minister Narendra Modi is trying to reach out to his party’s core voters in the language of the Vedas.

Days after he advocated construction of toilets before temples, his public relations machinery is out with the Sanskrit version of his official portal, While his comments like toilet first and then temples have irked many, the Sanskrit portal may help him deepen the connection with a particular section — seers, followers of scriptures and staunch believers of Hinduism — who form a committed group of BJP’s voters.

The portal is already available in three languages — Gujarati, Hindi and English.

Modi, who tweets in 10 Indian languages and has e-books by or on him in couple of Indian languages, through the Sanskrit version symbolically pays his tribute to the ancient language that is no longer in use in day-to-day life.

“This was Modi’s idea. He wanted the portal in Sanskrit,” said a government official, adding that it’s a “joint effort of the information technology team and a Sanskrit writer”.

Modi’s love for Sanskrit is well known; he facilitated the establishment of a Sanskrit university at Somnath.

His brief biography, tenure as CM, achievements, presence in international circuit, the BJP, awards bagged by Gujarat are some of the pages available in Sanskrit. The new version has Modi’s selected blogs and speeches in Sanskrit. His quotes have been compiled under the title, Avtaraani. What the Sanskrit version doesn’t offer is an update on events and functions on a day to today basis.

“Unlike the English version, the Sanskrit one is not likely to get frequent updates,” said a source. The Sanskrit version gives readers a platform to communicate with Modi in the language by leaving him a message or invite in a special dialogue box.

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