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Language, Emotion, and Politics in South India

The Making of a Mother Tongue

Language, Emotion, and Politics in South India by Lisa Mitchell
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What makes someone willing to die, not for a nation, but for a language? In the mid-20th century, southern India saw a wave of dramatic suicides in the name of language. Lisa Mitchell traces the colonial-era changes in knowledge and practice linked to the Telugu language that lay behind some of these events. As identities based on language came to appear natural, the road was paved for the political reorganization of the Indian state along linguistic lines after independence.

Indiana University Press; March 2009
305 pages; ISBN 9780253002891
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Title: Language, Emotion, and Politics in South India
Author: Lisa Mitchell