Language Rights in a Plural Society: Community versus the State

By Lachman M. Khubchandani - 2002

The Indian concept of kshetra 'field, region' views the issues of heritage and rights of speech communities in a pluralistic framework, highlighting the characteristics of shifting language boundaries and identities, and the underlying communication ethos in the South Asian region. This paper critically reviews the phenomena of language rights being essentially cultural, fulfilling the human urge of gratification to a particular heritage. It questions the present-day thrust on defining language rights in political terms, and instead pleads for generating awareness among speech communities to articulate these communication rights on a broader canvas transcending political and bureaucratic institutions.

South Asian Language Review, Vol. XV. No. 1. January 2005.

By Lachman M. Khubchandani| 2002
Categories:  Language and Culture


Communication rights enable all people everywhere to express themselves individually and collectively by all means of communication. They are vital to full participation in society and are, therefore, universal human rights belonging to every man, woman, and child.


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