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

Articles By Hany Babu M T

Breaking the Chaturvarna System of Languages

The Indian language policy is informed by a pull towards unilingual identity, inspired by the European model of nation state that is predicated on the homogeneity of its people. Language hegemony works at two tiers in India—at the state and the centre. The Constitution fails to pay more than lip service to the linguistic plurality and multilingual ethos of the peoples of India and has created a chaturvarna (four-tier order) of languages, with Sanskrit, Hindi, the scheduled, and the non-scheduled languages occupying various rungs of the ladder. English—the language of the conquerors—being outside the chaturvarna system has emancipatory potential.

The Curious Case of OBC Reservations

A close look at how university administrations are misinterpreting the laws and rules regarding OBC reservation in central educational institutes to deny admission to eligible candidates. Such "surplus" seats are then quickly converted to general category seats. From the available evidence, it appears that there is an element of deliberate mischief in the series of misinterpretations and confusions which have led to this situation. The government should immediately take remedial measures to stop such malpractice.