Anirban Bandyopadhyay (for Info only, not official)


Anirban Bandyopadhyay

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    ... There is a connection between digitisation and Jallikattu — language. Digitisation, promoted so vigorously by the Union government, entails bringing every Indian citizen under formal banking, which also means filling forms or pressing buttons, to deposit and withdraw money from banks. Jallikattu, on the other hand, is a sign ostensibly of upholding particularities of the regional, or celebrating local cultural practices with pride and honour. Language, like Jallikattu, is arguably a valid enough sign of particular regional selves. The Indian state has followed a confusing policy on language practices. On the one hand, it has honoured a number of languages as Scheduled languages. It means all those languages enjoy equal rights. ...

    Indian Express on Jan. 28, 2017, 12:48 a.m.