By Robert Fraser, Mary Hammond
This quantity concentrates on one of many world's oldest, and such a lot buoyant, e-book cultures: South Asia. It examines the transition from manuscript at hand press, orality and function, scripts and nationalism, libraries and copyright, and the hot overseas style for Europhone writers from the quarter.
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The script in which these messages or edicts were inscribed, Brahmi (or As´oka Brahmi, as it came to be called to distinguish it from later variants such as Tamil Brahmi), with the passage of time became unintelligible. The Muslim king of Delhi, Feroze Shah Tughlaq (r. 1351–1388) is believed to have spent sleepless nights after discovering that none of his subjects could read or interpret the message on an As´okan pillar he had grandly carried off from its original location in the north to his capital, the undeciphered words of which he dimly feared to be some kind of supernatural warning to him from God, no less.
Nehru was by his own admission as Westernized an Indian as one could find, until he threw himself into the deeply indigenous Gandhian nationalist movement, and he knew, better even than Gandhi, how to arbitrate between the claims of the Western and the Indian traditions and practices. Thus it may seem as if his scripted ‘midnight’ speech was his farewell gesture to the Western mode of public discourse, while his first Red Fort speech, delivered within a few hours the following morning, represented an instinctive and apt switch-over to a mode of speaking to his free nation in the nation’s own heart-to-heart oral medium.
5. N. Jha and N. S. Rajaram, The Deciphered Indus Script: Methodologies, Readings, Interpretations (New Delhi: Aditya Prakashan, 2000), p. xi. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromsoe - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-05 Harish Trivedi 31 The ‘Book’ in India 6. Finkelstein and McCleery, op. , p. 29. 7. D. project, which was formally approved by the faculty, to videograph and analyse such vedic recitations, but the project seems not to have fructified. 8. B. S. ), The Book in India: A Compilation (New Delhi: National Book Trust, 1992), p.