ANANYA VAJPEYI is an associate fellow with the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in New Delhi and a global ethics fellow with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York. She is the author of “Righteous Republic: The Political Foundations of Modern India” (Harvard University Press, 2012).
Ananya Vajpeyi; The Return of Sanskrit: How an Old Language Got Caught up in India’s New Culture Wars. World Policy Journal 1 September 2016; 33 (3): 45–50. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/07402775-3713113
Indian scholar Ananya Vajpeyi examines the way the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is using Sanskrit to advance a Hindu supremacist agenda. She argues that academics need to step out of the ivory tower and resist the government’s manipulation of this ancient language.