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India's Right Wing Threatens Violence Over English Store Signs

India's Right Wing Threatens Violence Over English Store Signs

Right-wing parties in India want to restore the dominance of the Marathi language in the city of Mumbai. The Maharashtra Reconstruction Party is demanding language changes, and since it's not happening fast enough, they have threatened to attack stores that use English signs, instead of or more prominently than Marathi signs.

One regional party leader said:

People are insulting Marathi pride with smaller signs. We will not back down. Traders can take this as a warning or a suggestion, it's up to them.

Businesses, including McDonald's, have responded to the threats by quickly changing their signs, while others have resisted.

In the US, by 2042 whites will no longer be the majority and groups including Hispanics, blacks, and Asians, will in combination outnumber non-Hispanic whites. If other languages remove English from its place of dominance, could you imagine groups using violent threats, like those in India, to assert the use of English in America?


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