Social Sciences in Indian Languages

The Centre’s faculty has invested in speaking, writing, translating and publishing in Indic languages. The intent has been two-fold: to extend their outreach to the vast areas inhabited by non-English speakers and to forge the ground upon which the already existing discursive world of Indian languages can connect creatively with the realm of the social sciences. This shift beyond an English-centric social science is bound to open up radical new themes and transform the context and direction of knowledge in South Asia. Since 2001 the Indian Languages Programme has been generating social science resources for the non-English frontier by publishing scores of books, a six volume encyclopedia of social sciences in Hindi and the first peer-reviewed journal of its kind in Hindi, Pratiman. The programme aims at encouraging research in Indian languages, particularly Hindi and Bengali.