The Death of Sanskrit

  title={The Death of Sanskrit},
  author={Sheldon Ivan Pollock},
  journal={Comparative Studies in Society and History},
  pages={392 - 426}
  • S. Pollock
  • Published 1 April 2001
  • Art
  • Comparative Studies in Society and History
In the age of Hindu identity politics (Hindutva) inaugurated in the 1990s by the ascendancy of the Indian People's Party (Bharatiya Janata Party) and its ideological auxiliary, the World Hindu Council (Vishwa Hindu Parishad), Indian cultural and religious nationalism has been promulgating ever more distorted images of India's past. Few things are as central to this revisionism as Sanskrit, the dominant culture language of precolonial southern Asia outside the Persianate order. Hindutva… 

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