Advertisement
Thursday, Oct 21, 2021
Outlook.com

Lingual Battlefield

A disappointed enthusiast provides an impassioned, informed and intelligent polemic

Lingual Battlefield
Lingual Battlefield
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53
To live in today's Delhi is to breathe largely the absence of a rejuvenating culture. The language that walks the streets is of the Humko Binnies Mangta variety, mauling the vernacular and replicating sans irony our colonial masters' compounding of mangna (demand and order), with chahna (desire and affection). Our passions are ruled by copywriters, our early-morning thinking conditioned by liberal-majoritarian columnists. Co-existing with this brand of easy-going, frost-free Hindutva is the aggressive propagation of an artificial high-Hindi as the natural language of Hindustan: the sort that air hostesses mouth uncomfortably, and in which schoolchildren of Hindustani-speaking parents do uniformly badly. This 'Hindi' has a longer and rather different genealogy from that of Babri-Hindutva that is demanding fresh 'ration cards' from so many long-term residents of this land, but it is marked equally by a standardisation of both language and history. In this informed and impassioned polemic, Rai confronts this upper-caste, self-serving 'Hindi' with its own history. "The suspect...
Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

From The Editor's Desk | Shah Rukh Khan: Look At Him Looking At You

From The Editor's Desk | Shah Rukh Khan: Look At Him Looking At You

Shah Rukh Khan's portrait from the Ommatidia series by Pakistani artist Rashid Rana.

J&K Police Seize All Two-Wheelers On Kashmir Roads In Sudden Move

J&K Police Seize All Two-Wheelers On Kashmir Roads In Sudden Move

Bikers were spotted waiting outside police stations till late evening in Jammu and Kashmir with cops offering no explanation.

Ex-Captain Exposes PCB's 'Scapegoat' Politics Before IND-PAK Tie

Ex-Captain Exposes PCB's 'Scapegoat' Politics Before IND-PAK Tie

Misbah-ul-Haq has captained and coached the Pakistan national cricket team. He has himself been a 'victim' of politics in the Pakistan Cricket Board.

India Crosses 100 Crore Vaccine Doses, Celebrations At Red Fort To Mark Milestone

India Crosses 100 Crore Vaccine Doses, Celebrations At Red Fort To Mark Milestone

A series of events have been lined up on Thursday including the launch of a Kailash Kher song and a film by Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya to mark the vaccination milestone.

Advertisement