ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Alok Rai

Cultural Translations

The presence of migrating pravasi Bengalis in the early Nagari-Hindi agitations of the second half of the 19th century has long been noted. But the probable effects of this involvement have not been given adequate attention. Thus, there appears to be an easy parallel between the sanskritisation of modern Bangla and that of modern Hindi. This article is an attempt to explore the ways in which these apparently similar processes might also be dissimilar in signifi cant respects. Further, it seeks to push certain hints that the two processes might also be interdependent. It argues, finally, that this similarity masks a complex and deeply consequential process of cultural "translation".