Separatism in North-East India: Role of Religion, Language and Script
It is a constant refrain from various political leaders that religion and politics should not be mixed together. Notwithstanding this sloganeering, what we find in real life is often quite opposite. The author Kunal Ghosh, connotes on two North-East regions, Tripura and the BAC (Bodo Autonomous Council) area in Assam where a mixture of religion and politics has produced an explosive situation. If religion can be tied up with language and linguistics it would acquire a direct hold on nationality. This book is intended for those readers particularly from North East India who are actively engaged to the motherland. Readers will be compelled to think after reading this book
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There can be no objection to a aerospace scientist venturing into a field of sociology. In fact it could be welcome as bringing in a more scientific approach to the subject. On this Kunal Ghosh is totally disappointing. If he had gone into comparative demographics before pronouncing guilty on the people and institutions, his conclusions should have been totally different and maybe, just maybe he could not have written this book. For a scientist to come to the conclusion that introduction of the Roman alphabet into the tribal languages of the north-east has damaged what, cognitive abilities? makes absurd reading. The Bodo of Assam for some reason opted the Nagari script and find themselves today totally drifting without the shore in sight. The CPM government in Bengal that ruled for more than 30 years abolished English in the primary classes and the youth of Bengal retarded by about 20 years compared to the rest of India, particularly the South. No wonder the Meitei of Manipur want to dump the Bengali script which was imported by the Brahmins of Bengal and chose something more modern and appropriate. As a person who has lived in the north-east of India and interacted with most of the communities and as one who knows most of the dialects spoken in that region, I found Ghosh's work terribly disappointing.