[CAS Luncheon Series] While the politics of Hindi dominated the language policy debate in India for much of the 20th century, by the turn of the new millennium many scholars were commenting on how the Hindi language question no longer incited the passions that it had in the past. I focus on India's linguistic federalism as one of the major causes of this de-politicization of Hindi. The success of linguistic federalism, I suggest, lies in the language-based democratic-hegemonic bond between emerging regional elites and masses, initially forged in the south of India, later in the Hindi-belt of north India.
This luncheon series talk will be presented by Selma (Sam) Sonntag, Professor at Humboldt University and Visiting Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. Lunch will be provided.