The State Language of East Pakistan (Part 2)

Syed Mujtaba Ali Now let’s turn to the objects by the Urduwallahs to accepting Bangla as the language of the state, government, and culture in East Pakistan. Their main object is that Bangla is a Hindu language. It contains a Hindu heritage and a Hindu culture. If East Pakistan accepts this language it will take … Continue reading The State Language of East Pakistan (Part 2)

The State Language of East Pakistan (Part 1)

Syed Mujtaba Ali Note: Had to translate this as a part of a larger project and thought I'd post it here for future use. There was never any doubt in our minds that the state language of East Pakistan would eventually be Bangla, and we know without any doubt that although the demand of Bangla … Continue reading The State Language of East Pakistan (Part 1)

Mystification and Idealism in Higher Education

When my mind wonders, which is often, I end up fixating on the significance of such architecture and design. What do these grand buildings mean? Why are they here in the middle of sheep fields where the air can souped with the odor of manure on humid afternoons? Why are those of us who live here do so with such a sense of purpose and pretension about our urbanity and sophistication?

Compound Phrasing in Bangla (notes from Syed Mujtuba Ali)

I was reading a short essay by Syed Mujtaba Ali titled "ভাষা"। In it he points out the peculiar feature of Bangla where we create compound words where the first term is Bangla and the second term is a same word in another language. This second words tend to come from Arabic, Hindi, Farsi, English, … Continue reading Compound Phrasing in Bangla (notes from Syed Mujtuba Ali)

New chapter on plurilingualism and religious texts by 19th century Muslim Bengali communities (ask me if you need a copy)

Rabbi, S. “The Sociolinguistics of South Asian Cosmopolitan Literature: The Dubhasa (Mixed Language Modes) of the Puthi Tradition in Muslim Bengal.” In J. Lee (Ed.) The Sociolinguistics of Global Asias (pp. 156-170). New York: Routledge. Abstract: Scholars of language have long been interested in the widespread plurilingualism of South Asian communication. These linguistic practices provide … Continue reading New chapter on plurilingualism and religious texts by 19th century Muslim Bengali communities (ask me if you need a copy)