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Language and nationalism in South Asia

Hossain, Ishtiaq (2015) Language and nationalism in South Asia. In: One-Day Workshop on Ideologies in Translation, 29 April, 2015, Al-Tabari Conference Room, Human Sciences Building, Kulliyyah of IRKHS, IIUM. (Unpublished)

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It is argued in this paper that although the South Asian sub-continent was split into two independent states of Pakistan and India in 1947 on the basis of religion, in the post-independence years, in both states the question of national language emerged as a major issue in their national politics, and threatened to reshape their religion-based nationalism. It would further argue that if not handled deftly by a national government, the controversies surrounding the national language policy may lead to the emergence of sub-nationalism, threatening the very unity of the state. We would use the example of Pakistan to make this point.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Additional Information: 3957/47016
Uncontrolled Keywords: language, nationalism, South Asia
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Political Science
Depositing User: Dr. Ishtiaq Hossain
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2016 16:06
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2016 16:06
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/47016

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