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No.1 2017 Songs of the Shattered Throat

Songs of the Shattered Throat

2017 Number 1

MPT’s new issue ‘Songs of the Shattered Throat’ focuses on poetry in the languages of India, with a selection of new translati...

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From Songs of the Shattered Throat
2017 Number 1

An introduction to the issue by Sasha Dugdale

Hindi poet and novelist Geet Chaturvedi wrote me a letter last year in response to my questions about the position of Hindi literature, and I was so struck by the passion of his le er that I asked if we could publish it in MPT. Geet’s letter describes the high status of English in India and the resulting inferiority felt by Hindi speakers and writers. I have been thinking a great deal about the relative status of languages because I translated a play by a Ukrainian playwright about the war...

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2017 Number 1

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From Songs of the Shattered Throat
2017 Number 1

Hindi Medium Type

By Geet Chaturvedi

English here in India is not just any language but a language that signifies status and one-upmanship. Sure, it is a language of communication in many cities and a means of employment. But it is also a matter of a superiority complex. Concomitantly, the vernacular is often looked down upon. Everywhere, in schools, corporates, government offices, we are told: ‘Even if you write poorly, write in English. It will make an impression. If it is in Hindi, even when extraordinary, nobody will pay heed...

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