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Politics of language: Why Hindi surpassed Bengali

Politics of language: Why Hindi surpassed Bengali

When the British ordered the exclusive use of the Nagari script in school in 1880 to meet a Hindu demand in the state of Bihar, the Muslims howled. The Hindi-Urdu duel in the end exploded into Hindu-Muslim war. In free India, Hindi gained the national stature as a symbol of Hindu pride and spread nationwide like wildfire, partly thanks to[Read More…]

by 01/01/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Hindi Has Arrived!

Hindi Has Arrived!

Many writings about Hindi are ‘breast beating’ in the style of Bharatendu Harishchandra’s ‘Bharat Durdasha’. This article has a positive attitude towards Hindi Literature. The history of literary Hindi is relatively brief, starting only around 1860. Modern literary Hindi has an even shorter history, beginning around 1936 with the death of Premchand. In this short period Hindi has covered some[Read More…]

by 14/09/2021 1 comment India
Language Policy in India is meant to facilitate promotion and imposition of Hindi, and for narrow interests as in Kashmir now

Language Policy in India is meant to facilitate promotion and imposition of Hindi, and for narrow interests as in Kashmir now

Reactionary politics in India, and the Indian State itself, seek to promote Hindi and thwart development of other languages and nationalities, not only those of South India, but notably also those in north India. The term “Hindi States” is an artificial construct meant for the same purpose. Whole languages were undermined and shown as “dialects”. The policy on languages and[Read More…]

by 29/09/2020 2 comments India
‘Hinduisation’ of Jammu and Kashmir: The Language and Domicile Bills

‘Hinduisation’ of Jammu and Kashmir: The Language and Domicile Bills

Hindi along with Urdu, Kashmiri, Dogri and English, has been made official language of Jammu and Kashmir. A bill is recently passed in the parliament of India to add Dogri and Hindi in list of already existing (Urdu and English) official languages of Jammu and Kashmir. People of Jammu and Kashmir feel alienated and express their distress, as their right[Read More…]

by 28/09/2020 Comments are Disabled India
Hindi was devised by a Scottish linguist of The East India Company – it can never be India’s National Language

Hindi was devised by a Scottish linguist of The East India Company – it can never be India’s National Language

If the Anglophone Indians are derided as ‘Macaulay’s children’, then the Hindi speaking Indians can also be called ‘Gilchrist’s children’.            My late maternal grandmother – who had studied philosophy and biology in the 1940s Calcutta – had told me once during my boyhood, that Calcutta was the birthplace of the modern Hindi language: it was ‘invented’ by the British[Read More…]

by 27/09/2020 1 comment India