Why Punjabis in Pakistan Have Abandoned Punjabi

July 14, 2020

When Pakistan was formed in 1947, it included two parts: West and East Pakistan. These two parts of the country were approximately 1,600 kilometers apart. Between them was India. The two parts of Pakistan were divided by more than distance. The biggest linguistic group in East Pakistan were...

Sanskrit: Reviving a Sacred Language

March 13, 2014

Sanskrit remains a beautiful and useful language in contemporary society. When we speak of language, the first question that comes to mind is, what is meant by "language"? Language is a complex system based on sounds, symbols, gestures and grammar that humans use to communicate...

The Chimera of Linguistic Hegemony in South Asia

March 05, 2014

Linguistic allegiance remains a strong marker of cultural identity in South Asia. What role do South Asian languages play in today’s world — particularly since, as in most former British colonies, English often works reasonably well, especially in places a foreigner is likely to go? India is...

Linguistic Diversity in Nepal’s Music Industry

March 02, 2014

Nepal's music industry is leading the way in promoting the country's many languages. A visit to Kantipur FM, located in Nepal’s Lalitpur district, brings you face-to-face with many of the country's musical legends. As one of Nepal's pioneer private radio stations, its music library offers a...

South Asian Languages: Evolving Roles in a Globalized World

March 02, 2014

South Asia’s native languages are essential for understanding the contemporary region. Background Although various studies quantifying South Asian languages differ quite drastically in their findings, it is undeniable that a plethora of languages exist within the region. For example, the...