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Controversy over Telugu 'imposition' in TN is symptomatic of growing linguistic nationalism in India
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Controversy over Telugu 'imposition' in TN is symptomatic of growing linguistic nationalism in India

Violence 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.