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Tussle between politics, economics of language

DNMUM437367 | 6/9/2019 | Author : Dhaval Kulkarni | WC :320

Bid to withstand Maha fails to connect language to larger economic outlook
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Nativist parties like the Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) have long protested over Devanagari signboards being put up on shops. However, as some critics admit, these sons-of-soil parties, and even state governments, who claim to espouse the cause of the Marathi manoos, have paid little attention to a critical point — who owns these shops.
In Maharashtra, politics centred around language has failed to link their cause to a larger economic and social outlook. “The way a language spreads is linked to education. There is no motivation for people to receive primary and secondary education in a language that does not lead to employment opportunities,” said political analyst Deepak Pawar, who is an assistant professor at
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