ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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'Modi and Gujarati Asmita'

Tridip Suhrud’s article on ‘Modi and Gujarati ‘Asmita’ ’ (January 5, 2008) provides interesting reading. While one may agree with the overall frame of his interpretation of Narendra Modi’s ascendancy, his specific examples drawn from literature, theatre and social sciences writings are not only less convincing but even factually incorrect. He has rightly observed that the Gujarati language has been fading out from the visual and print media as well as various cultural forms. But his statement, “...studies/writings about Gujarat in Gujarati in the field of social sciences are non-existent”, is not true. In order to buttress his argument, he seems to have overstretched himself, turned blind and even harmed his cause.

Arthat – a quarterly journal published in Gujarati for the last 27 years by the Centre for Social Studies at Surat and with which Tridip Suhrud himself is associated as a member of the Editorial Advisory Committee continues to bring out articles in social sciences. There are other Gujarati periodicals that bring out articles in Gujarati written by a number of social scientists on a wide range of social issues. Nirikshak, Naya Marg, Bhoomiputra and Khoj are some such periodicals. There are also journals like Madhukari, Vishleshan and Arthik Vikas that publish articles in Gujarati.

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