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Thomas Benedikter, Language Policy and Linguistic Minorities in India: An Appraisal of the Linguistic Rights of Minorities in India (Lit Verlag, Berlin, 2010), ISBN 978-3643102317 (Paperback)

Thomas Benedikter, Language Policy and Linguistic Minorities in India: An Appraisal of the... Javaid Rehman* Th omas Benedikter, Language Policy and Linguistic Minorities in India: An Appraisal of the Linguistic Rights of Minorities in India (Lit Verlag, Berlin, 2010), ISBN 978-3643102317 (Paperback) Th e Indian subcontinent contains in its boundaries enormous diversity and hetero- geneity. Modern India, which was incised artifi cially in August 1947, continues to refl ect this diversity; religions splinter into sects and cults, and languages branch out into local variations and dialects with bewildering complexity. India’s enormous linguistic diversity could be measured through the existence of more than 100 well- established languages. Th e spread of languages means that Hindi—recognized as the offi cial language—is nevertheless not spoken by a majority of the Indian population. Th e presence of such a complex array of languages and dialects poses issues related to constitutional recognition of linguistic rights and the rights for linguistic minorities of India. Although no defi nition of a linguistic minority is provided by the Constitution of India (1950), recognition of linguistic minorities as national minorities remains problematic. Th omas Benedikter’s book, Language Policy and Linguistic Minorities in India: An Appraisal of the Linguistic Rights of Minorities in India, is a useful exercise in explain- ing the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online Brill

Thomas Benedikter, Language Policy and Linguistic Minorities in India: An Appraisal of the Linguistic Rights of Minorities in India (Lit Verlag, Berlin, 2010), ISBN 978-3643102317 (Paperback)

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Javaid Rehman* Th omas Benedikter, Language Policy and Linguistic Minorities in India: An Appraisal of the Linguistic Rights of Minorities in India (Lit Verlag, Berlin, 2010), ISBN 978-3643102317 (Paperback) Th e Indian subcontinent contains in its boundaries enormous diversity and hetero- geneity. Modern India, which was incised artifi cially in August 1947, continues to refl ect this diversity; religions splinter into sects and cults, and languages branch out into local variations and dialects with bewildering complexity. India’s enormous linguistic diversity could be measured through the existence of more than 100 well- established languages. Th e spread of languages means that Hindi—recognized as the offi cial language—is nevertheless not spoken by a majority of the Indian population. Th e presence of such a complex array of languages and dialects poses issues related to constitutional recognition of linguistic rights and the rights for linguistic minorities of India. Although no defi nition of a linguistic minority is provided by the Constitution of India (1950), recognition of linguistic minorities as national minorities remains problematic. Th omas Benedikter’s book, Language Policy and Linguistic Minorities in India: An Appraisal of the Linguistic Rights of Minorities in India, is a useful exercise in explain- ing the

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Published: Feb 9, 2011

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