Following up on previous post, came across this very nice piece “The wonder that is Sanskrit” by Mr Bibek Debroy and published in Swarajya magazine. It gives very good info and a detailed account on the language, its history and present status in India.  http://swarajyamag.com/culture/the-wonder-that-is-sanskrit

Amazing to read how much we, as a country and a culture, owe to this great language. And its certainly not a dead language as many would have us believe. That’s because whenever we speak in Marathi, Gujarati, Hindi, Bengali and many other Indian languages, we are actually speaking a bit of Sanskrit as these languages have originated from the mother language!