Language, Religion and Politics in North India. PAUL R. BRASS.

Language, Religion and Politics in North India.

Cambridge. Cambridge University Press. 1974. Stock ID #143345

Maps, 467pp, bibliography, index, dustjacket rear cover browned edges, spine sunned, a very good hardback copy. This book is concerned with the ways in which two powerful syumbols of group identity, i.e, language and religion, have been manipulated by political elites to promote communal and national movements and with the consequences of such movements for the political cohesion of India. It focuses specifically on the great issues of religious cleavage and language change in north India during the past century, which has witnessed the simultaneous development of political conflict among Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs and between the Hindi movement and movvements on behalf of other languages and dialects in the north. India is seen as a developing multi-national state which has been striving to maintain political integration in the face of such movements and which has, since independence, developed workable means of doing so. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 143345).

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