Language as an Ethic

Language as an Ethic

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truth can only be learnt through honest means. Dishonesty in speech and writing is always a pointer to an essential lack of morality. Since earliest times, language has been magic put in the mouths of humankind. It is the one single tool without which a society cannot evolve. Once the fabric of language loses its integrity, society itself has begun to degenerate. When the Word is prostituted, nothing any more is sacred. Drawing on sources as disparate as the language of Indian cricket journalism, of politics, and of Political Correctness, Nambisan defends his opinion that a writer who does not write honestly cannot write well. With the debate on the use of English in India as a case in point, he demonstrates how stances are often assumed for political purposes rather than for artistic reasons. Nambisan concludes his essay by making both the writer and reader responsible for the right use of language. History, he believes, will uphold his belief in language. Interrogating India is a series that looks critically at the common sense prevailing on some of the most pressing issues of our times.
Provocative and incisive, it has essays on themes ranging from secularism, political representation and nationalism, to corruption, terrorism and language, which figure prominently in today's middle-class discourse. Passionate, accessible and opinionated, these reflections from some of India's best minds should help us make better sense of the public debate on these issues while hopefully provoking us to respond to the challenges they present.
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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 121 x 178 x 14mm | 162g
  • Penguin Books India
  • New Delhi, India
  • 0143030213
  • 9780143030218
  • 1,832,011

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