Language Politics and Public Sphere in North India: Making of the Maithili Movement


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Shifting past the present scholarship on language politics in north India which primarily focuses on Hindi–Urdu debates, language politics and public sphere in North India examines the formation of Maithili motion within the context of growth of Hindi because the ‘nationwide’ language. It revisits the dynamic hierarchy by way of which a distinction is produced between ‘main’ and ‘minor’ languages. The motion for recognition of Maithili as an unbiased language has grown assertive even when the authority of Hindi is resolutely bolstered.
The ebook additionally examines growing politicization of the Maithili motion from Hindi–Maithili ambiguities and antagonisms, to territorial consciousness and subsequently to separate statehood demand, together with the persistent common indifference. Mithilesh Jha examines such processes traditionally, tracing the formation of Maithili motion from mid-nineteenth century till its inclusion into the eighth schedule of the Indian structure in 2003.

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