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Anybody who thinks that the growth of English has been a bane for India is seriously out of touch with reality. Let's see WHY and let's know HOW?!
I admit that I’m a die-hard newspaper-reader who enthusiastically waits for the newspaper vendor as a ritual every single day. Sometimes the same newspaper vendor does win my respect to be on time (which he occasionally does) and reminds me of Hindu mythological god ‘Narad Muni’ (the most travelled sage and the first journalist on Earth being able to visit distant worlds with the knowledge of all the news around the universe). I do feel ecstatic to grab my fresh copy of the newspaper from the bunch he carries. As a loyal learner who delightfully looks at the cover page of every new book he/ she gets in each new class, I too feel glad to have a heartfelt reading of the main news headlines for the day.
The other day, when I was having a quick glance of the major news headlines, I chanced upon a national daily with the headline of some hotshot politician of blaming English Language as one of the reasons for degradation of the national glory. Mr. Minister proclaims that English has caused a great loss to India by eroding its cultural values. He says that English has hurt India and we have started forgetting our religion and culture these days. Anglicization of youth is dangerous. Well, personally speaking I really do not subscribe to this deliberation and prefer staying away from it as much as I can... Here, I do agree to disagree. And there are a number of valid reasons behind the stand I've taken. And one of the reasons, I hugely believe in, has already been conveyed by the same National Daily, “Anybody who thinks that the growth of English has been a bane for India is seriously out of touch with reality. In the era of globalization, it is one of the critical advantages India has vis-a-vis countries like China. Indeed, China has itself recognized this and is seeking to catch up in a hurry. In any case, to blame one language or culture for the sorry state of another language is to miss the point. There is no contradiction between the growth of English and the thriving of native cultures. English represents, for most Indians, the language of opportunity, while their mother tongues are often the language of expression. English should be seen as cause for celebration rather than mourning.”
|In a globalised and intricately connected world, English is inevitable.|
|In other words, I Have Been There and Seen It All.|