Indraja Gugle speaks to Swati Raje, writer, journalist, and founder of Bhaashaa Foundation
In an age where regional languages are rapidly losing importance in the Indian society thanks to the omnipresence of English, Swati Raje’s work comes as a gigantic boon to the preservation and enhancement of regional languages. A prolific writer, journalist and author of award-winning children’s books, academia and activism are in Raje’s blood. In 2008, she established Bhaashaa Foundation, an organisation which works towards the strengthening of regional languages through innovative community-based projects like mobile libraries, book corners in hospitals, teacher training programmes and storytelling festivals.
This month, BnP converses with Swati Raje about Bhaashaa Foundation’s interesting and holistic way of approaching language preservation and why this cultural reclamation must begin with children.