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Reading the IAST

During my visit to Chennai the last month, I came across a film that was community-funded and community-made without paid professionals. This film was about the life of a Vaishnava guru of the thirteenth century, called Vedanta Desika, or Venkatacharya. The film Choice of script Introduction to the IAST If you know an Indian language My experience and discoveries The film The film is in Tamil. The idea of the film was to reach the story of the guru to common people, “during the times when people are forgetting their roots”.

On Unification

So far, we saw how we are not the kind to be identified by “one”, but are based on some core identities. Let us proceed further to understand a little more on how things changed and why. It would help us go towards better understanding of the situation. This post is one among three in the series: On Reduction On Sub-nationalism On Unification Many of those who have understood the basis of Hindi point out that the modern day Hindi is a standardisation/unification of several dialects—such as Awadhi, Braj, Maithili, Maghi/Magadhi, Bundeli, Kauravi, etc.

On Sub-Nationalism

This post is in continuation to the post, On Reduction, which lays the ground about what’s to follow in this post; we spoke about how India was not founded on the principles of “one” anything other than a nation. Sardar Patel, back in his day, set out to unify the country on no principle other than a single point of governance. The Indian National Congress (of those days, not the present-day—pardon my honesty—Blunder-Engine Dynasty) felt that the different provinces had to unite under one umbrella of governance, to become a strong, united entity.

On Reduction

One language, one religion, and one common enemy. This post is one among three in the series: On Reduction On Sub-nationalism On Unification Historian and columnist Ramchandra Guha did an hour-long talk on how nationalism is a nineteenth-century European phenomenon, and how Indian nationalism was founded on the exact opposite principles. He went on to say how we seem to be gradually moving towards the said model of European nationalism, by looking for one language, one religion, and one common enemy.