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.