Language Conundrum

  • Papia Sengupta
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Abstract

This chapter presents arguments that support language as politics, taking its cue from the philosophy of language and probing how language as speech and expression is a political act. The position of the Indian National Congress and other Indian associations relevant to the language issue in India is elucidated. Demonstrating the use of language during the partition of Bengal in 1905, the chapter asserts the role of political leaders and spokesmen with regard to the language controversy between Hindi–Hindustani. Further, it notes how language was associated with the Dravidian movement.

Keywords

Indian National Congress Partition of Bengal Gandhi Hindustani Self-respect movement 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Papia Sengupta
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  1. 1.Centre for Political StudiesJawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia

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