We must be bilingual even in a single language, we must have a minor language inside our own language, we must create a minor use of our own language. Multilingualism is not merely the property of several systems each of which would be homogenous in itself…. Not speaking like an Irishman or a Romanian in a language other than one’s own, but on the contrary speaking in one’s own language like a foreigner…all mistranslations are good—always provided that they do not consist in interpretations, but relate to the use of the book, that they multiply its use, that they create yet another language inside its language’ (Deleuze: Dialogues 2, 4-5).
The Indian constitutional expert Granville Austin remarked that during the framing of the Indian Constitution, the only debate more explosive than property was that of language. Much water has flowed under the bridge since the late forties, and indeed one still feels very much at sea.
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