Namaste!This post is about the historical bilingual influences in India. Nahi ji, we’re not talking about the evolution of Hinglish or Kanglish here. As publishers working in several languages, we’re always interested in the promotion of every language. Being bilingual is to be able to read or write in two different languages without mixing the two. Tough hai na these days? So it was a revelation to read in the current issue of The Week magazine that bilingual work was in vogue many centuries ago ! The credit for minting the first bilingual coins perhaps goes to Mahmud of Ghazni. Yes, yes, the same king notorious for having invaded India 17 times, rather than being famous for having promoted art and literature.
According to historian Romila Thapar, Ghazni’s coins carried legends in Persian on one side, and in Sanskrit on the other. The practice started by Ghazni is supposed to have been kept alive by other rulers for several decades.
If you are a history buff, or even if you are a history duffer like me, it would be a good idea to get the current issue of the magazine and read about India’s history in 50 objects. .
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