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The Politics of the Roman Script Demand in Tripura

The current spurt of protests by tribal organisations for recognising the Roman script in Tripura is motivated by political churning. While the Bharatiya Janata Party government in the state is pushing Devanagari script for the Kokborok with political motives, the Tipra Motha Party’s opposition emerged out of its compulsions.

The script is the soul of any language and the marker of social and cultural identity for many ethnic communities. Brandt and Sohoni (2018: 1) argue that

the reasons for choosing one script over another can be linked to the conscious and unconscious strengthening of ethnic, national, and/or religious identities. These choices can also be linked to state agencies, their regulation of mass education and bureaucracy, or simply to standardisation processes caused by technological inventions.

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Published On : 20th Jan, 2024

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