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Sunday, June 05, 2005

Your language, my language

J Ramanand writes:
Many, many days ago, I said to someone that someday I'd like to learn (properly) the Sanskrit and Urdu languages. The reaction surprised me. That person said "why would you learn Urdu?". And indicated that it wasn't what this person considered "ours", and not something that people like "us" be interested in.

I don't want to approach this topic by attaching any "-isms" to it, but however I see, it's hard to call it anything but jingoism. I was aware of the person's political leanings, but the reaction still took me by surprise. I didn't understand how language entered into political ideology at the personal level.
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