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A Secret History of Modern India?

Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India by Akshaya Mukul, Noida: Harper Collins India, 2015; pp 539, Rs 799.

Heterogeneous Political Languages

Heterogeneous Political Languages Hindu Nationalism and the Language of Politics in Late Colonial India by William Gould; Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society 11, Cambridge University Press and Foundation Books, New Delhi, 2005;

What Did They Mean by 'Public'?

During the late 18th and the early 19th centuries, the Hindi literati tried to lay down general principles and norms for Sanskritised Hindi which alone was to be Indian Hindi. For others, writing off old rules and beliefs and treading new paths was possible and desirable. The normative view prevailed and Hindi, which had the potential of becoming a unifying language, instead became an exclusivist language.
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