Language Conflict and National Development: Group Politics and National Language Policy in India

Language Conflict and National Development: Group Politics and National Language Policy in India

by Jyotirindra Das Gupta

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Overview

This is the first systematic study of language conflict in a developing society and of its consequences for the integrational processes of nation building. Jyotirindra Das Gupta maintains that language rivalry does not necessarily impede national integration, but can actually contribute to the development of a national community.
 
He explains that the existence of a multiplicity of language groups in a segmented society is not, in itself, indicative of the prospects for successful integration. Only when language groups mobilize into political interest groups is it possible to determine the pattern of intergroup conflict likely to emerge. The way in which this conflict is handled and resolved depends upon the general political atmosphere and upon the type of institutions available for decision making.
 
In the specific case of India, the author finds that because the Indian government has proved capable of meeting the demands of diverse language interests, it is supported by the Indian population as a whole for its role in mediating language rivalries. This book therefore offers evidence for the efficacy of democratic procedures for political development and integration.
 
In the course of his analysis, Das Gupta discusses the impact of Indian language associations on national politics and on the political community in general; the formulation and implementation of a national language policy; and the language policies of nationalist and of separatist groups both before and since Independence. In order to place the Indian experience in a wider context he provides comparative empirical data from other countries.

This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press’s mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1970.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520301115
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 04/20/2018
Series: Center for South and Southeast Asia Studies, UC Berkeley , #5
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jyotirindra Das Gupta is Professor Emeritus, Political Science, at the Institute for South Asia Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Table of Contents

I. Language Conflict and National Development
II. The Language Situation in India
III. The Emergence of Modern Associations
IV. Language Associations and National Movement
V. Language Rivalry After Independence
VI. Official Language: Policy and Implementation
VII. Language Associations: Organizational Pattern
VIII. Conflict, Integration, and Development

Appendix
Bibliography
Index

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