When Balraj Sahni spoke truth to power.
The Modi government has reneged on a significant compromise on national language made during the constituent assembly debates – the Munshi-Ayyangar formula.
The cacophony of analyses on the demonitisation has overlooked the quieter yet constitutionally significant issue of the new notes having Devanagari numerals printed on them.
The central government’s attempt at Sanskritisation tries to subjugate non-Hindi speakers and take the country back to pre-modern days.
It is to writers like Nirala that we owe the creation of modern Hindi and the development of the Chhayavad movement.
More Indians are fluent in the hybrid of Hindi and English than they are in English.
The formalised language of government edicts about environmental protection fails to take into account local wisdom and traditions