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Academic Paper

Title: The Effectiveness of Establishing Hindi as a National Language
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Author: Lakhan Gusain
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Institution: Syracuse University
Linguistic Field: Pragmatics
Subject Language: Hindi
Abstract: Many people assume that Hindi is the national language of India, but it is interesting to note that neither the Constitution of India nor any Indian law define a national language.Despite its overwhelming presence in the country, there is nothing on record to suggest that any provision has been made to declare Hindi as the national language of India.6 This article will discuss the history of Hindi before and after Indian independence in 1947, Constituent Assembly debates for making it a national language, anti-Hindi agitations in the southern states and compromises, federal efforts in promoting and propagating it as an official language, and finally, Hindi’s emergence as a language of masses.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Georgetown Journal of International Affairs 2012, 13(1) (available online).
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