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Linguistic Terrorism: An Interruption into the Kamtapuri Language Movement


Debaprasad Bandyopadhyay


Indian Statistical Institute

October 6, 2001

LUNGUISTIC TERRORISM: AN INTERRUPTION INTO THE KAMTAPURI LANGUAGE MOVEMENT, Bharati University, Kolkata, Rabindra, 2001

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The colonial imagination or otherwise mimicry from the part of third world nationalist elite needs different sorts of designs supplied from the white space to fulfill their nation-building project. The immediate questions, which are haunting the elite inhabitants of the mimic nation, are: Who, on the basis of certain homogenous modular form, are within 'our' nation, and who are the 'outsider'? This question triggers the inclusion-exclusion factor of the nation. Are the 'insiders' homogenous complex? If not, try to homogenize them by standardizing, appropriating, codifying, grammaticalizing one variety (religious or linguistic) for the sake of nation state. Here comes the question of standardization and grammaticalization of chosen module. Inside "others" should be considered under such standard grammatical/ shastric module. Is such standard grammatical/ shastric module a classic? Searching classical heritage entails enumerated and imagined fantastic genealogy, history and a tribute to the predecessors, by whom the private property of the module is transmitted to the inheritors, the present inhabitants of the nation.

In this monograph, the author has tried to understand the imported design that designates the imagination of 'our' communities after the colonial encounter keeping in mind these initial questions. The author’s concentration was on one modular form: ‘externalized language’. The mechanism of the concern for the newly introduced linguistic identity of building up a linguistic nation state called 'Bengal' was shaped and appropriated in the British Raj was author’s first point of concentration and was discussed in the Chapter-2 in reference to question A and B. In the first chapter, the author looked into the problem of heterogeneity of language-variations and its management in the epistemology called 'Linguistics'. That, in turn, revealed some lacuna within such epistemological pursuit that is also guided by the nation-statist programme. This revelation will be further elaborated in a case study on the 'Kamtapuri language Movement' (Chapter-3). Chapter-4 was on the brief ethnomethodological comment on the methodological problems arising out of this type of representation(s).

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Keywords: linguistic terrorisim, imagination, reverse mimicry

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Bandyopadhyay, Debaprasad, Linguistic Terrorism: An Interruption into the Kamtapuri Language Movement (October 6, 2001). LUNGUISTIC TERRORISM: AN INTERRUPTION INTO THE KAMTAPURI LANGUAGE MOVEMENT, Bharati University, Kolkata, Rabindra, 2001. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2017323

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