Articles by Karthik Malli
Feb 14, 2020
To be truly inclusive, anti-CAA movement must acknowledge protest traditions in languages beyond UrduThe experience of resistance is a shared one — one that cuts across language and region. A plurality of defiant voices would only reinforce the solidarity that is at the centre of such resistance, by helping people both express and hear it in new ways that channel their anger and frustration, telling them that they are not alone in this. Learning about marginalised traditions and offering them representation also ties in to the broader inclusiveness, progressiveness, and opposition to homogenisation that the anti-CAA movement stands for.
Dec 16, 2019
Controversy over Telugu 'imposition' in TN is symptomatic of growing linguistic nationalism in IndiaViolence is a logical expression of linguistic nationalism, not an unexpected deviation from its chartered course towards cultural homogenisation and the erasure of histories of cultural interactions. By politicising linguistic identities, communities are compelled to compete against one another to secure social and political capital for themselves, vying for limited commodities of space and power — something that can all too easily descend into violence.
Dec 06, 2019
Recent controversies over Sanskrit, Urdu in educational institutions point to growing communalisation of languagesThe communalisation of a language like Urdu or Sanskrit has very real consequences for both the language itself, but more importantly, for the people who use it on a regular basis. As a process, it attempts to draw clear lines delineating who can and can’t use a certain language, rewarding transgressions with an open hostility.
Jun 18, 2019
Dakhni proverbs, dying references to Deccan culture, are being preserved, recorded by one Urdu professorDakhni could once boast of a thriving literary tradition with a considerably large canon, thanks to royal patronage at the courts of the Deccan Sultanates. Dakhni proverbs abound in references to local dishes, agriculture, festivals (especially Muharram), and traditional Deccan life, among other themes. One Urdu professor is now trying to piece together proverbs from texts and oral sources, so that future generations can learn about them
Apr 25, 2019
Romi Konkani: The story of a Goan script, born out of Portuguese influence, which faces possible declineRomi Konkani's roots in Goa are deeper than one may expect. Even though it is a widely used, standardised Latin-based writing system, used by tens of thousands of Goans, it is not recognised by the law or the Sahitya Academi. This has resulted in the exclusion of those Goans who write using the Romi script