ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Prosifying the Poesy

A Dalit Critique of Modernisation of Telugu

The distinction between everyday language and literary language in Telugu, like in other Indian languages, had a lot to do with caste. Those upper castes who could wield the language and more or less controlled the teaching of it have repeatedly attempted to impose formal Telugu as though it was the only "correct" form. These impositions were opposed at different times in history by several Telugu pandits, who believed that language must be, first and foremost, intelligible to everybody. It is in this context that this article puts forth a dalit critique of the Telugu language.

Sanskrit is the stagnant water of the Lord’s private well

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