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.
The Return of Sanskrit: How an Old Language Got Caught up in India’s New Culture Wars
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
Download citation file: