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As advocates of regional languages gear up to face the threat of a Hindi deluge, they are also waking up to the existential threat of internal decay. We look at the contradictions kindled by the controversy.

Issue Date : 09 May 2022

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Language Diary | An Ethnologist's View On Dying Andamanese Languages

How does it feel to be the last speaker of a language? Or to witness a situation where the person talking to you is the very last speaker of her mother tongue?


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Pictures Of Confidence: Transgenders Are Charting A New Path

Transgenders face more mental and physical violence, as well as social stigma and discrimination, than any other community.

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The Mighty Ma Boli: Punjabi Sees A Resurgence In The Public Sphere

Gurmukhi now dominates Punjab’s public spaces. Does this demonstrate an assertion of a regional identity shaped by Partition, reorganisation and insurgency?


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In Another Tongue: How Translation As A Literary Form Has Gained Ground In India

In a country as linguistically diverse as India, with its treasure trove of regional literature and a growing tribe of English speakers, translation as a literary form is gaining ground

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Marathi Pride Is Passe, Shiv Sena's Apathy Hurts The Language

Despite several agitations by political parties—some violent—the Marathi language is on a downslide. It will take more than government efforts to promote the language


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As Catholics And Hindus Fight Over Scripts, Konkani Loses Out In Goa

Catholics support Romi Konkani because the script is used in the church and tiatr, but Devanagari Konkani has government backing


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The Malayali Loves Hindi, But Don't Take It As Acquiescence

Even the otherwise Hindi-friendly Malayali rises to resi­st the imposition of Hindi on them


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Hindi: The Urge To Build A National Consciousness Around A Language

The move to make Hindi the national language is a political project, the language becoming a tool for constructing national unity


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Let A Language Contend

Throughout the Republic’s history, several states have seen protests aga­inst the imposition of Hindi. Can there be a national language of a multilingual country?


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In Assam, Bengali Muslims Are Asserting Their Identity Through 'Miya Poetry'

Assam’s immigrant Muslims are owning the racial slur Miya to assert their identity and express dissent


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A Dying Declaration: Urdu Is Dying A Slow, Painful Death

Caught between twin pincers of the market and a communalised polity, Urdu is in death throes


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Efforts At Proselytising Hindi Abroad Have Fallen Flat Down The Ages

Efforts to promote Hindi overseas have been ongoing for decades. And both the UPA and NDA governments have strived to have the language adopted officially by the United Nations.


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Centre’s Five-language Formula For J&K Is Being Seen As Incremental Hindi Imposition

Not only did the Centre’s push for a five-language formula for J&K in 2020 end Urdu’s status as its sole official language, it is also seen as an intermediary step towards Hindi imposition in the future


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Hindi Chauvinism Hangs Like An Imperialist Spectre Over Rest Of India

With Hindi being pushed by the Centre as Rashtra Bhasha, the spectre of language imperialism haunts the Indian Union


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The Bengali Language Tale: From Dominant To Persecuted

In India’s East and Northeast, the fear of losing linguistic identity has often led to prolonged agitations and violence among communities which share many social and cultural affinities


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The Tamil-Dravidian Framework As A Secular Antithesis To Hindi-Hindu-Hindustan

The government should be concerned that the younger generation dislikes language imperialism


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Anti-Hindi movement: The Grassroots Struggle For Tamil Pride

The idea that Hindi is spoken by a majority of Indians is a claim that has to be ferociously contested. Only 26 per cent of the Indian population selected Hindi as their mother tongue.