Language Politics and Public Sphere in North India

Moving beyond the existing scholarship on language politics in north India which mainly focuses on Hindi-Urdu debates, Language Politics and Public Sphere in North India examines the formation of Maithili movement in the context of expansion of Hindi as the ‘national’ language. It revisits the dynamic hierarchy through which a distinction is produced between ‘major’ and ‘minor’ languages. The movement for recognition of Maithili as an independent language has grown assertive even when the authority of Hindi is resolutely reinforced.The book also examines increasing politicization of the Maithili movement-from Hindi-Maithili ambiguities and antagonisms, to territorial consciousness, and subsequently to separate statehood demand, along with the persistent popular indifference. It examines such processes historically, tracing the formation of Maithili movement from mid-nineteenth century until its inclusion into the eighth schedule of the Indian constitution in 2003.

Mithilesh Kumar Jha is Assistant Professor, Political Science in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati.

Abhay Kumar Dubey is Professor at Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.

Mohinder Singh is Assistant Professor, Centre for Comparative Politics and Political Theory at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Aditya Nigam is Professor at Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhii.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018
5.30 pm, CSDS Seminar Room