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The curious case of knowing Hindi: Maha on love-hate cusp

DNMUM437368 | 6/9/2019 | Author : Dhaval Kulkarni | WC :934

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A reason for the blunted anti-Hindi resentment is Maharashtra's geographical, cultural, and physical proximity with northern states, and the ability of the locals to adapt to the language.

Located on the cusp of North and South India, Maharashtra has had a love-hate relationship with Hindi. However, the resentment has never taken a disruptive form as it has in the southern states. A reason for the blunted anti-Hindi resentment is Maharashtra's geographical, cultural, and physical proximity with northern states, and the ability of the locals to adapt to the language.
In the Peshwa-era, when Marathas were virtually the masters of Hindustan, with the Mughal emperor at Delhi reduced to being their protectorate, sardars (generals) like the Shindes and Holkars established their fiefs in North India. They were accompanied by Maharashtrians and some of their armies also included people from these regio
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