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Vijayakumar M BorattiSubscribe to Vijayakumar M Boratti

War, Words and Communities

World War I (1914–18) was a catalyst in changing and redefining political, cultural and national issues across the globe. This article argues that communities in India, based on caste/class structures, refashioned their social–political identities vis-à-vis the war. Never a party to the cause of the war, these communities’ redefinition of their self-identity was part of their desire to carve out a legitimate place in the modern public sphere filled with discourses of martial race, loyalty, discipline and nationalism. The focus is on the contours of the Lingayat community’s imagination and formation of its identity during the war and efforts to occupy a place in the military and political establishment.

Community, Language and Music in Colonial Karnataka

Focusing on the relations between vachanas, Lingayats and Hindustani music in the early 20th century north Karnataka, as compared to the question of Kannada and music in south Karnataka, this comment is a response to Tejaswini Niranjana's "Music in the Balance: Language, Modernity and Hindustani Sangeet in Dharwad" (EPW, 12 January 2013).
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