Thursday, 20 January, 2022
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Topic: Language

Dear Indians, MTI stigma is just language apartheid. Make English another bhasha

It is easy to laugh at this tragic-comic situation of aspirational Indians trying desperately to forget their mother tongue.

China propaganda now in Spanish, German, Russian. And Weibo gushes over Ford’s India exit

Chinascope — The Week Behind The Wall is everything you need to know about what’s happening in China this week.

A new language is here, and almost everyone in the world knows it 🙌

Emojis have ended up in court cases, fatwas, good-morning messages, White House reports and more. And by 2022, we’ll have over 3,400 of them.

Jagan Reddy is giving Andhra Pradesh children something better than gold — English education

The Andhra Pradesh model of education under CM Jagan Reddy is breaking barriers for children. He’s equalising language.

English language gained in power in India only after the British left

In ‘Wanderers, Kings, Merchants’, linguist Peggy Mohan writes that until Independence, English was only a second language of a few Indians.

With Nagari Pracharini Sabha’s ruin, Hindi is losing a major centre and its best think-tank

Caught between a bitter fight and a court battle, Varanasi’s Nagari Pracharini Sabha, once the most prestigious body for promotion of Hindi, needs urgent intervention.

Indian farmer and soldier as ‘he’— why 21st century editors are at war with their keyboards

Grammar is not a divine monolith. If we don’t include all people when we write, even a single pronoun can snip a little girl’s dreams.

Yogi govt starts issuing press releases in Sanskrit, 2 senior officials to monitor initiative

UP govt decision to send out press releases and CM's speeches in Sanskrit, apart from Hindi, English & Urdu, comes on the instructions of Yogi Adityanath.

Stop this kolaveri against English-speaking Indians. They didn’t ruin idea of India

English is as desi as any Indian language. Maligning English speakers won’t solve India’s problems, no?

Women use emojis the most, but world’s fastest-growing language was all male until recently

In Invisible Women, Caroline Criado Perez writes about how we still read most things as ‘male’ — from emojis to TV to language.

On Camera

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Reserve Bank of India building in Mumbai | Photographer: Kanishka Sonthalia | Bloomberg

Exotic forex derivatives make comeback in India as RBI pushes to deepen markets

RBI allowed lenders to offer derivative products this month. Banks like ICICI Bank & Axis Bank sold barrier forex options to customers including Reliance Industries & Supreme Petrochem.

Defence

File photo of IAF drone seen flying in Leh on 18 Nov 2020 | ANI

Indian firm gets foothold in prized global ‘kamikaze’ and armed drones market

Global demand for loitering munition & armed drones saw a jump after Azerbaijan was able to defeat superior Armenian armed forces in 2020 with the help of these systems.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.
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