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Travelling by road from Jammu to Kashmir in a shared taxi many years ago, I met a Kashmiri man who was returning home from Germany, where he was pursuing a PhD in Chemistry. “Where in Kashmir is your home?” I asked. He named his village in Baramulla.

My jaw dropped to think he was a ‘villager’ speaking in English and doing a PhD in Chemistry in Germany. I can’t imagine travelling from Lucknow to Kanpur and meeting rural youth speaking fluent English and pursuing PhDs at foreign universities. If you can find such a person, chances are that s/he is making it to the news as a rare achiever.

In Kashmir, even government schools are English ‘medium’, that is, students are taught everything in English, right from primary school.

Sheikh Abdullah’s land reforms are widely acknowledged as one of the reasons why Kashmir and Kashmiris became prosperous. One reason that is not acknowledged is the implementation of English medium education.

A visit to a government school in Baramulla and to one in Barabanki (Uttar Pradesh) will be enough to know the importance of English medium education.

Of course, the quality of education also matters. You could have a bad Science teacher speaking good English and a good Science teacher speaking Hindi. But the issue here is not merely the quality of education. There are enough people worried about and working on the ‘quality’ problem. The elephant in the room no one wants to address is how we are depriving millions of young Indians the opportunity to exploit the best of global opportunities.


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English as the new Sanskrit

This is where the new National Education Policy (NEP) could have shown courage and recommended English medium education right from the primary level. There’s absolutely no parent in India who does not want to send their children to an English medium school. If a child in India is going to a non-English medium school, it means the parents couldn’t afford a better school.

Most government-run schools in India are non-English medium. Most state education boards offer the English medium option, but it is used only for some showcase institutions or by private schools affiliated to the state board.

The language divide cuts through all of India’s divides — caste, class, urban-rural, and so on. All politicians who argue for ‘mother tongue’ education should be asked to reveal whether they are sending their children to non-English medium schools. The answer will show how English has become the new Sanskrit: the language the elites use to deny knowledge, and thus better opportunities, to those they seek to exclude from the corridors of power.

Every now and then we hear of SC/ST students in engineering and medical colleges dying by suicides. Whether or not there was caste discrimination could be a matter of debate and investigation on a case by case basis. However, you will see that in most cases, the student came from a non-English medium background. Dalit intellectual Chandrabhan Prasad has long argued that English has been the greatest liberator of Dalits from caste hierarchy. No wonder then that we want to end access to English to the poorest Indians. How will we get cheap labour?


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English as the new populism 

Here’s an idea for a politician with courage: promise English medium education to all your voters, in all government schools, for all grades starting nursery. Let the mother tongue fanatics protest all they want. Voters will respond to such a promise with all their votes and then some. This will be the mother of all populist promises.

China, Japan, Germany, France and Italy are some examples of countries that have progressed and prospered in their native languages, the argument goes. You might be surprised to know how much these countries spend on English learning and translation. Even so, why should India not exploit the advantage of English it has, especially since decades of English-deprivation hasn’t helped?

Another reason why ‘mother tongue’ education doesn’t work is because the mother tongue fanatics insist on pure, Sanskritised language, bereft of any foreign influence. The Hindi in the textbooks is an alien language when compared to the Hindi we actually speak. The mother tongue fanatics have destroyed Hindi as a language with their purity nonsense — and they don’t want us to learn English either. As a result, you can find many Indians who aren’t good communicators in any language.


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English for the knowledge economy

If we didn’t have English medium schools, we wouldn’t have had our information technology services outsourcing industry. We wouldn’t have many jobs — the software engineers making websites, answering customer calls, doing accounting and analysing data for English-speaking countries, all while sitting in India.

English along with the internet is a combination best suited for jobs, startups, global learning, prosperity, and bridging regional and global divides. The most revolutionary idea for India’s progress and prosperity in the 21st century would be to take English medium education to all government-run schools. Our continued submission to the nativist, regressive mother tongue wallahs is responsible for keeping India a poor, backward country.

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  1. Are you saying that India should adopt English as much as it can and give up its own languages? You are such a slave. English is only useful if you want to work for an outsourcing company, like a slave. If you want to be a doctor or lawyer in India, you don’t need English to talk to your clients. Our government should spend more money on creating in-house jobs, so that we don’t have to depend on English speaking countries to give us jobs, because we work for slave wages.
    On the other hand, Indians should treasure and adopt speaking in our national language as much as we can, because that will unify us as people of one great nation, that we are.

  2. This columnist is backward and has Slave Colonial mindset. These guys consider English as Class not language.
    Do they talk every time with their parants in English every time ?
    According to these guys, India couldn’t be developed without English. Then How could Germany, Russia, China, Japan, France, Spain etc be developed too much. Has India reached upto their Level?
    Instead, English Medium Education created Class Differences in Indian Society.
    People studied in English medium schools consider vernacular School Students Illitrate. Even English medium schools have fine on speaking native indian languages in school campus. That’s ridiculous.
    How could it be possible in india ?
    English was a tribal language of Anglo saxan Gemanic tribe. And it has less vocabulary of its own.
    60% of its vocabulary comes from latin and 30% from french and other languages.
    How could it be superior than native indian languages who have rich vocabulary and vast literature ?
    English is just 600 year old And has no writtng system of its own. It adopted roman script for writing.
    English should be teached as langauage in india not medium of instruction. And more emphasis should be given on speaking fluent english rather than craminng and mugging grammer.

  3. To all the the language fanatics out there – it is quite possible to preserve culture while teaching English medium in schools. The two don’t contradict each other at all.

    In many European countries, both the mother language AND English is taught in school. All Icelanders talk fluent English, while talking to each other in Icelandic.

    If you want to promote Indian culture, promote and nurture it’s indigenous art, music and literature. Put a number on each of these and see what we have come to:

    How many Indians listen to Indian classical music?
    How many Indians pursue or enjoy classical Indian dance forms like Kathak or Kuchupudi?
    How many Indians actively read classic literature in their mother language?
    How many authors in Indian languages of the caliber ofl Rabindranath Tagore do we have right now?
    How many people watch Arnab Goswami shouting on top of his voice about Indian cultural degradation while using borderline abusive language?

  4. Firstly what is the reach of this channel..
    The author starts with his experience of going in shared auto in Kashmir., so u know good English, so that should make u rich right then why u were using shared Auto?
    And u know good English then why have u not done PhD in Germany or England?
    There are only 1 to 2 lakhs jobs are created each year in Information technology Industry, how is that going to help one billion people get jobs??
    How many Indians really work for foreign companies? There are very less jobs in MNCs.
    Every year 2 lakhs Indians go to higher education in USA, out of more than 200 million students.
    And how many Indians can go abroad just because they know English??
    We don’t have regional jobs at all??
    One more thing is in India regional languages like Telugu, Tamil has more news paper readers than English.

    You must be aware that if u were working in any regional news channel, u would get better payment than in English.
    One more thing is English is only limited to jobs which are mainly related global business environment.
    Just look how many people are writing comments, if the same post was in any of the regional languages also u would be getting tons of traffic and make huge money.
    Practically we have more jobs in the regional markets, where regional languages are used and payment is decent.
    And English jobs are below average and temporary only. Once America stops outsourcing the projects to India then there be no jobs to English medium students.

    English is not the language of jobs anymore

    • भाईसाहब आपने बिलकुल ठीक बताया है आपके इस प्रतिक्रिया में……भाईसाहब इन लोगों को यह सब समझने का कोई विशेष फायदा नहीं है… इन जैसे लोग इसी देश का खाते हैं और इसी देश के संस्कृति एवम् विविधताओं पर हंसते है….कुल मिलाकर बात सिर्फ इतनी है के इस आदमी को अंग्रेज बनने की कुछ ज्यादा ही जल्दी है।

  5. Dear Kili Jolsiyar:
    I see you have one common and valid point in your thoughts: “is it practically possible to teach mother tongue to children who have moved from their native place to a different state in India?”. My answer to this is “absolutely yes”. Hear me out before you make judgments.

    First, we see that several parents are preferring English medium because of its global prominence. Does that preference make it the right choice for our future generations? My humble opinion is that it is a misguided preference that will only have detrimental effects in the not too foreseeable future if we continue on the same path. My assertion is based on the fact that “language, identity and culture are interconnected”. When I say language, it includes any mother tongue across the world including English. When you start ignoring mother languages, the diverseness of our country will begin to erode. In fact, this erosion has already begun.

    In today’s world, the mother language can be established in other states (in fact in any country too if we put in proper efforts). A key tool that can help us is technology. You know that anyone can watch a news channel or a movie of any language in any part of the country. Is it so difficult to use TV or a similar tool to teach mother tongue as part of school curriculum? When several parents have no objection in letting children watch Englush rhymes or games (which is depressing to see), why can’t we utilize some of that time to teach their mother tongue? As far as teaching a language of the state where they reside, some spoken classes initially would be good enough along with basics of the alphabet. This local language can be kept out of academic grading. Overall, I think this is practically possible without excessively burdening children.

    • Mr Bhargav K: Thank you very much for your sober feedback to my comments.

      You are completely right in your observation that the rapid inroads that English is making all over the world, including in India has had a deleterious effect on linguistic diversity. Languages are dying off at a fast clip (ref: nyti.ms/39ZNcn6) and we as human beings are poorer culturally when that happens. Thus, colonial languages such as English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese etc. displace indigeneous languages in the regions where the coloniser sets his feet. For instance, ever since China annexed Tibet in 1950-51, the Sinicization policies of the Chinese state have marginalised the Tibetan language and culture and have sought to erase the Tibetan identity. Exactly as you point out in your comment.

      Yes, like you, I too find it tragic that many parents – themselves poor in English – get their children to regurgitate English nursery rhymes and attempt to speak to them in English. I remember that as a child growing up in Madras in the 70s, many of my friends would address their parents as “mummy” or “daddy”, would speak English at home and took pride in their English skills. You aptly describe this situation as “depressing” and I fully agree with you. I do not argue for the replacement of the mother tongue by English. Not at all.

      But my previous comments have not been about culture, identity and the role of language in linking these. I am merely making a limited point about the impracticality, unaffordability and low demand for mother tongue based education in India as NEP envisages. We cannot escape the fact that parents want English medium education and are prepared to make the necessary trade-offs when it comes to loss of culture, identity and so on. Lamentable perhaps, but that is what people want. And if the BJP government tries to force its ill-thought out ideas on the people, there will be serious rioting. And who wants to have another round of the vicious language riots that one saw in the 60s and 70s?

      Today, the GOI spends about 3.8% of GDP (ref:bit.ly/2Du25l2) on education – an abysmally low amount and most of this is anyway wasted in poorly run government schools. If the GOI were to be serious with regard to mother tongue based education, it would have to allocate considerably larger chunks of the budget to education and development of an educational infra-structure in each Indian language. Unfortunately, I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

      To sum up: my assertions are about the sheer impracticality of mother tongue based education as it applies to all Indian children, and not just children in families that move from one language belt to another. There is much greater demand for education in English medium and it is better to accept this fact rather than fight against the forces of economics. Andhra Pradesh, where government schools too run in English medium seems to grasped this.

      Finally, thanks for the civil, respectful tone in your comment Mr Bhargav K. I appreciate the fact that you are one of the very few that engages in a debate with me as opposed to applying labels to my views. We can surely disagree without getting to be disagreeable to each other.

      Merci beaucoup !

      • I also wanted to mention that I personally like the new NEP overall, especially the focus on activity based learning, teaching of values and development of skills from a young age. If implemented well, this can be a much needed reform we need in our education system.

        • You grossly overrate English. Most Indians will not leave India or even their provinces. They will have to have a good grasp of their mother tongues or Hindi to get ahead. Most Indians will never work in the IT sector. And electronic translation is more and more making it unnecessary to know English. Technical literature in English can be translated with a bit of work. In Japan a minority knows English. The rest get on perfectly well without. Even Israel manages with a Hebrew that was revived after 2500 years !

          Your contempt for Indian languages smacks of a colonial inferiority complex. English is not so great. I far prefer French, and elegant and cultured language. If we have to abandon our languages for English it would be an enormous cultural loss.

          Your own English is full of mistakes, ironically.

      • I had actually posted a lengthy reply with a few more thoughts on your reply. But I am very disappointed that the moderator did not want to publicize the reply and has removed it. Do not know what exactly they found offensive in my reply. I am pretty sure part of my reply did not align with their thoughts expressed in this article.

        The gist of my reply was that it is essential to give importance to mother tongues in today’s India. I am increasingly seeing several Indian parents ashamed of their heritage and don’t want to teach their mother tongue. They have a misinformed idea that everything western is better and have a deep rooted inferiority about our culture. Rather, they should understand how several countries proudly protect their identity and heritage and try to follow that “idea”. Not doing so will only result in children aping someone else in the name of progressiveness and only cause them to grow into confused adults who don’t have any idea of their roots. Only when we embrace our heritage can our future generations realise a “truly developed” India in the future.

        I also mentioned the following in part of my blocked reply but want to say it again now:
        Thanks sir for your respectful dialogue here too. As always, everyone has different opinions on any matter and it doesn’t require that we indulge in name calling. I believe that “only when you give respect, you can get respect”. That is the best way to bring positive change. I am not sure if this reply will also be blocked but hope it gets through.

    • Commonsense: Are you trying to suggest that what works in Germany or many other richer European countries with small homogeneous populations will work in India with upwards of 450 recognized languages, 22 major regional languages and a small education budgets ? Not to speak of distance, rural vs urban divides and a weak educational infra-structure?

    • Commonsense: Your pathetic comment reminds me of a quote from the French writer François_Marie Arouet, better known as Voltaire (1694-1778)

      “Common sense is not so common” !!!

  6. There are many commenters here who support mother tongue education. But it is odd that that one almost never meets any of them whilst one is in India !

    Yes, it is my anecdotal experience that nobody wants to study in local languages. Even in my extended family, as well as neighbours in the apartment complex in Madras where my parents live and in my extended friends circle, I am yet to meet a parent who does not want English medium education. Without exception, they also want their wards to study a foreign language to improve possibilities of work and education outside India.

    Indeed, I have noticed that even staunch BJP supporters have started hedging their bets. They grudgingly admit that under the BJP/RSS regime, there is far too much Hindutva, Hinditva, pseudoscience and economic and political turbulence in India and want their kids to get out. NEP appears to be the hair that broke the camel’s back for the middle classes, particularly the South Indian ones.

    • Your obsession with English as the great answer for India is absurd.

      Most Indians are going to stay in India, in their own provinces. Without a good grasp of their mother tongues or Hindi they will not get far. Comparatively few Indians will be employed by the IT sector. With electronic translation becoming ever more sophisticated the need to know English will diminish fast. Technical literature is often in English but can be translated. In Japan no more than a minority speaks English. The majority manage just fine without. Israel functions splendidly with a Hebrew they revived after 2500 years. The difference between the strength of will of the Israelis who made a long dead language the national language when few knew itat the start, and the weak will power India which fails to make Hindi the national language even when half of the population knows it, is mind-boggling.

      English in itself lacks beauty. French is far more elegant and cultured.

      Your own English is clumsy and crude.

  7. There are many commenters who rightly point out the importance of education in the mother tongue. And a considerable body of research supports their view. Indeed, most richer, developed countries generally have education in the national language – right from the primary school stage and all the way up to graduate studies at universities. Even countries where the national languages are spoken by less than 10 million people have this approach. Norway, Sweden, Finland and even Iceland (pop. 364,000) resort to teaching in the national language i.e. the mother tongues of most students.

    But the trillion dollar question is not whether schooling in the child’s mother tongue is beneficial but the implementability of mother tongue based education in India. One needs to scrutinise many important questions pertaining to feasibility, actual demand, parental preferences, school and educational infra-structure, availability of teachers etc. etc.

    I raise a few questions and I venture my own answers.

    1: Can schooling in the mother tongue be realistically deployed in India – across 25 states and in some 22 odd languages ?
    ANSWER: NO
    There is simply no educational infra-structure for offering schooling in most of the 8th Schedule languages. Pupils with mother tongues such as Bodo, Santhali, Konkani, Dogri etc. face additional pressures as these languages are written in many scripts or even have no widely accepted, single script. No teacher training facilities are available in many of these languages nor are there textbooks, teaching aids, standardised tests, a developed vocabulary in the context of schooling etc. etc. Indeed, even for more widely used languages such as Tamil, Telugu etc., English language textbooks and terminology is being used.

    2: Is there parental preference and demand for such schooling in the mother tongue?
    ANSWER: NO.
    Parents recognize the practical difficulties of schooling in languages with weak educational infra-structures and also the need to futureproof their child’s education. English is preferred. Indeed, recognising parental preferences, Andhra Pradesh has gone all out and instituted English medium in government schools.

    3: What costs would be incurred by the Centre and the States as a result of this shift to mother tongue based schooling ?
    ANSWER: A LOT !
    As of now, the GOI spends a low 3,8% of GDP on education. Compared with Norway (8%), Finland (6.9%), France (5.7%) and other OECD countries, this is a low figure. Burdening a creaking, underfunded system with the additional costs needed to move to a mother tongue based education will necessitate much higher outlays for education. Not only to transition but also to keep the new multi-lingual system operating in many languages.

    4: Will a mother tongue based system hinder mobility across India ?
    ANSWER: WILL HINDER MOBILITY
    Today, most big cities like Bombay, Madras, Delhi, Bangalore etc. have seen a surge in migrant workers from the hinterlands. So, how would the child of an Oriya speaking family fare in a Tamil medium school? Or will this kid have to find an Oriya medium school in Madras? Additionally, many large cities have long settled linguistic minorities. Thus, there are many Telugu and Malayalam speaking families in Madras. How would their children fare in Tamil medium schools? As the richer southern and Hindi-less states have prospered, they have attracted many North Indian settlers. How for instance will a Hindi speaking family get their child to study in fiendishly complex languages like Tamil or Malayalam ?

    BOTTOMLINE: While education in the mother tongue is surely beneficial and works in small, rich countries with 1 or at the most 2 languages and a long history of teaching in that language, that model will not work in India. India’s linguistic heterogeneity, demographics, internal and external migration patterns, small educational budgets as well as important historical factors such as the prevalence of English make education in mother tongue an infeasible option. Additionally, there is no uniform educational infra-structure for teaching in the many languages that Indians speak, especially when they themselves are linguistic minorities in other states. This idea should be scuttled.

  8. I did my 10 in Verna and +2 and professional course in English and now senior teacher in a professional college teaching in English medium. Didn’t find any difficulty in any stage. In fact I found it immensely advantageous to be able to read and write in my mother tongue and think in my own language.

    • Mr Srijan: Your anecdotal experience cannot be generalised to all Indian languages, to all strata of society and to all parts of the country. Problems with your sweeping statement are:

      1: You do not mention the language you were educated in. Were you educated in an Indian language that is relatively widespread and has some semblance of educational infra-structure in terms of availability of teachers, textbooks, computer aids, an examination infra-structure and so on? For instance, were you educated in the relatively less used langauges such as Santhali, Bodo, Konkani, Oriya, Dogri ? Or were you educated in more prevalent languages such as Hindi, Bengali, Tamil etc.?

      2: You do not mention whether you studied in rural India or in urban in India. After all, educational facilities are less developed in rural India aren’t they?

      3: You do not mention the stratum of society you belong to. Did you choose the local language because you could not afford education in English?

      4: You do not mention whether the choice of education in an Indian language was by necessity i.e. non-availability of English options or whether it was by choice.

      Care to factor in these aspects when you generalise Mr Srijan?

  9. The writer of this article is ignorance personified. Here is why I say so: How to learn English well? (Kindly share with as many people as you can): The following quote from a UNESCO worldwide study tells that: ‘What seems to be standing in our way is a set of myths about language and learning, and these myths must be revealed as such to open peoples’ eyes. One such myth is that the best way to learn a foreign language is to use it as a medium of instruction. (In fact, it is often more effective to learn additional languages as subjects of study.) Another is that to learn a foreign language you must start as early as possible. (Starting early might help learners to have a nice accent, but otherwise, the advantage goes to learners who have a well developed first language.) A third is that the home language gets in the way of learning a foreign language. (Building a strong foundation in the first language results in a better learning of additional languages.) Clearly, these myths are more false than true, yet they guide the way policymakers tend to think about how speakers of other languages must learn dominant or official languages.’(UNESCO, 2008, Improving the Quality of Mother Tongue-Based Literacy and Learning, pp.2, https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000177738)
    This is what the British government agency for teaching English worldwide, The British Council, states on the issue:“There is little or no evidence to support the widely held view that EMI (English as Medium of Instruction) is a better or surer way to attain fluency in English than via quality EaS (English as Subject). Expert estimates are that it takes pupils six to eight years to develop the cognitive and academic language proficiency (CALP) needed to support learning across the curriculum. A move to EMI in or just after lower primary, commonly found in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, yields too shallow a foundation of English to sustain learning across the curriculum from the upper primary years onwards. Early introduction of EMI is thus viewed as impairing learning in the formative years and limiting educational attainment.”(English Language and the Medium of Instruction in Basic Education…, 2017, pp.3)
    Research proves that the persons above 15 years of age learn foreign/second language quicker and better than the younger ones. Research also shows that the gap in educational achievements between rich and poor children is less if mother tongue is the medium of education in comparison to foreign language medium of education.
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    • Mr Joga Singh Virk: You are absolutely right when you cite research about the efficacy of mother tongue based education, especially in the initial primary school phase of a child’s schooling. That is not the bone of contention here. What a few other commenters such as Ms Manjari, Rena, Ms Asha Pramod, Ms Kiran K, Messrs. Rajan, Sridhar Reddy, Kiran Maddu and myself point out is the sheer impracticality of mother tongue based education in a country as diverse as India with its linguistic, demographic, class and other complexities.

      For instance, as a Punjabi, were you to move to Madras and the only education available was in Tamil medium, what would be the consequences for your child? After all, you wouldn’t be speaking Tamil in your home and you would not be able to assist your child with homework etc. in Tamil. You might even run into difficulties communicating with the school. And now imagine getting transferred to Trivandrum and the language changing to Malayalam. How would you and your child cope with this ? Not very well I am afraid.

      I deliberately cited South Indian examples in my previous paragraph. India’s southern states have vociferously rejected Hindi and have opted for the English + local language formula with an increasing emphasis on English medium education, especially in urban areas. And they have been able to reap the benefits of a relatively larger English speaking population in that most of India’s vast IT services sector have been based out of South India. The resulting influx of both skilled and unskilled North Indians from the “gaurakshak belts” have actually benefited from the availability of English medium education. The guards and menial workers in my parents’ apartment complex in Madras are happy that their children get English medium education and see that as a ticket out of poverty for their kids.

      Indians have leveraged English to their advantage. Unlike the political class – particularly the RSS & the BJP – which views and projects English solely in nationalistic and cultural terms, the vast majority have Indians reject that view in practice. They see the commercial benefits of English and endorse the language. Mother tongue based education is dead on arrival in India.

      • You say: “Indians have leveraged English to their advantage. Unlike the political class – particularly the RSS & the BJP – which views and projects English solely in nationalistic and cultural terms, the vast majority have Indians reject that view in practice. They see the commercial benefits of English and endorse the language. Mother tongue based education is dead on arrival in India.”

        This is an absurd statement. You must know that every state in India does impart education in the local main language. And today the use of digital technology is vastly empowering the mother tongues and Hindi. Knowing them well is essential economically. Western countries that allowed Indian immigration are closing their doors. The USA is being replaced by China as the premier world power. China gets along fine with Chinese. no reason why India can’t with Hindi.

  10. fools why do u need english.. so isro leader sivan had his schooling in english. is it?…. former president kalam…. mother plays a role idiots

    • You are the idiot
      India is not a Hindi country
      It is Sanskrit
      Why is Hindi forced into everyone without a vote in it?
      Is this the priority now? Just like the arrogant stupidity of Ram Mandir!!
      Focus on what matters . And by the way you call everyone fools because you are stupid!!!

    • Mr Monish Keshav: Your puerile post reminds me of a quote from the American politician and author Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

      “Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most fools do “

  11. An absolutely biased article reflecting the prejudices and the ignorance of the author and perhaps those of the elitist english language school lobby. Print should not allow such one sided, amateurish articles without publishing the other view also. Please listen into the expert debates on TV and learn to distinguish between english medium and learning english as a language .
    The NEP only says medium of instruction should be the mother tongue/local language and that too in primary school. Whether we like it or not It is accepted world wide that in the initial years schooling pedagogy should be in the mother tongue. How will a child who doesn’t understand english learn basic maths? Neither the teacher, nor the student nor the parent in rural areas knows english enough to guide the children. In fact by insisting on mother tongue everywhere- even in the ‘english medium schools’ the NEP is actually making it a level playing field. If we don’t teach children in their mother tongues in India who will? English as a language will anyway be taught and that has nothing to do with english as a medium of instruction. And after primary schooling anyway English can be a medium. Let us get rid of our colonial and slavish mind set.

    • Definitely not. English is used by 30% of the world population. This is the link language in India too because chaste Hindi is used in some north Indian states like Uttar Pradesh only. If u look at the spelling of lever in the back of lorries, you can see written as liver. This occurs because English is NOT taught at all in school. It should be started from the primary school itself or else correct usage and pronunciation will get affected.

      • Exactly!
        And look at the H1B who are abroad. The BIGGEST issue with them is not speaking good English
        They say yes when they mean No, they say ok when they are actually meaning -I understand but the other person is saying- your work shows a lack of understanding of your job.
        Many are protected by their consulting firm goons otherwise H1B visa from Indua would have stopped long ago
        And they all hanging around to get a green card in the USA
        Maybe instead of Hindi, Modi and his goons need to focus on keeping their dear Hindi speaking idiots at home in Indua?!!!?

        • Agree with you Ms Rena. Loved your sharp, no holds-barred, no prisoners taken attack !

          India’s jingoistic middle classes might scream theselves hoarse that “there is no alternative to Modi”, India needs a decisive, Delhi University educated Gujarati to run the show and so on and so forth. But many know which side of the bread is buttered and will not sacrifice their own interests to uphold the atavistic ideals of the RSS and the BJP. Mother tongue based education seriously compromises the future prospects of children and will only sow massive confusion as there is no proper infra-structure to teach in the 22 odd regional languages.

          Indian education suffers from stratification based on class and the rural urban divide. It will now face another level of stratification as richer, better educated South Indian states reject mother tongue based education and deploy English with greater vigour. Andhra Pradesh has already done so with all government schools now using English medium.

          In any case, the groin scratching gaurakshaks that go on a rampage in Adityanathisthan are what Modi needs to keep his electoral machine running. The South – barring the Yedyurappa lovers of Karnataka – has soundly rejected the BJP and its attempts to create a Hindi speaking, Hindu Pakistan. Meanwhile, for the short time that federalism will survive in the country under Modi, one needs to keep these crazy, self-defeating educational policies of the RSS at bay.

      • Excellent comment Mr Ravikumar Bhaskaran Menon !

        Almost all the servants, guards and menial workers in the apartment complex in Madras where my parents live are from UP and Bihar. They are extremely happy with the fact that they can get to send their children to English Medium schools in the South, something they could not do so in their backward North Indian states. The BJP and Adityanath and Modi might scream from rooftops about Hindutva and Hinditva. But many of their North Indian victims are quiety voting with their feet and escaping to the South. In the end, I guess only itche groined, testicle scratching gaurakshaks will be left behind in these states !!

    • “How will a child who doesn’t understand English learn basic maths?” It is impracticable to teach Maths in five different languages in one school, especially in a cosmopolitan city like Bangalore where students speak different mother tongues. Will the school get different language-speaking teachers for one subject or maybe a Maths teacher who speaks 5 languages?

  12. The 8th Schedule to the Constitution of India lists 22 different languages, these being: Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Bodo, Santhali, Maithili and Dogri. Barring Sanskrit, most of these languages roughly correspond to regions or states in India. Additionally, there are 38 languages that have asked for inclusion in the 8th schedule, see ref: bit.ly/3gkCvOa

    The “educational infra-structure” for each of these languages varies considerably with the richer Southern states better equipped to teach in the state’s language – as compared to North Indian states. And by my hastily concocted and rather crude term “educational infra-structure” for a given language, I refer to the following: availability of textbooks, teachers trained in that language, availability of teaching aids, Internet materials, computer hardware and language specific keyboards, software, exam and testing capabilities, standardisation of syllabi across languages, availability of schools and classrooms and so on. And as things stand, many of the languages in the 8th Schedule have poor to non-existent educational infra-structure.

    Additionally, the existing education infrastructure in major languages such as Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Marathi etc. is already creaking. Expansion to newer languages is simply not possible in the short run, perhaps not even in the long run. At least not without massive funding, read taxes.

    The mother tongue based schooling idea of the NEP is going to be rejected both by parents as well as by states. Already, Andhra Pradesh has made English the medium of instruction in all government schools and is unlikely to implement NEP. NEP is dead on arrival !

  13. Such a limited view of use of mother tongue. Most of the developed countries in the world use their mother tongue in everything.
    Is Japan backward in using mother tongue?
    Is Germany ,France and whole of EU backward?
    Is Norway and whole of EEA?
    Is USA ? UK whose mother tongue is English?

    The best and most advanced nations work and talk in their mother tongues.

    Mother tongue is the most important aspect for a nation to Prosper, appreciate values and culture .

    India must nurture its originality , develop all technologies in Indian languages…This is sustainable.

  14. I know this is a stupid as you are not grasping clearly. But the policy is for fixing the developmental issues of kids in their early years only and it doesn’t restrict anybody learning as many languages as exist in the world. Just shut up and stop lecturing what you feel is the only good thing.

  15. I know this is a hate India Chanel. But the policy is for fixing the developmental issues of kids in their early years only and it doesn’t restrict anybody learning as many languages as exist in the world. Just shut up and stop lecturing what you feel is the only good thing.

  16. Working as a language assistant in an European country, teaching English, I have to say that not all developed nations have succeeded by getting educated in their native language. If English wasn’t necessary, why would there be programs funded by the government (in developed nations) to teach English? Ex: Aux program in France, Spain, and Japan are just few examples that I am aware of. I know there are many.

    • All the people who are supporters of Mother Tongue medium are simply hypocrites, they will or would have sent their children to English Medium schools.. Mostly they want less competition for their children from village students..

  17. You are one of the best writers and I really like your arguments. But I guess you are 200 years a head of our culture. I will say tone down – you have the best thoughts for better India and a very reasonable India – but Indias neither want it to be better or reasonable – they need the resonance of WE WE WE WE ….sort of things in their life, even though it is not a pragmatic in the long run. We look for buzz rather than content. Finally to conclude – Yes If we need to evolve and compete with the World – time has come to admit English is the New Sanskrit (it takes another 200 years for common man to realize this). We do not have the proven science written in our own mother tounges (like Germans or Koreans or Chinese, so we cannot hang on to the drama of mother tongue). Then conceptual learning and making language as one of the essential components of admission into professional colleges and also funding to research and creating more jobs in Academia. That is the only way education evolves – rest is all intellectual gamble (we are experts in that since ages so no worries). Most of my education is in my mother tongue Telugu – but now I am a faculty in one of the world class universities – but the transition was so tough.

    • We don’t have proven science in our mothe tongue just wow at your ignorance

      Surya siddhantha
      Hindu calendar
      Ayurveda
      Sushrata samhita
      Kannada numerals
      Sulba shastra

      Just to name a few but the list is endless.

      This is a prime example of colonized mind and psyche when instead of looking inwards we look outwards. Only when it comes through western reimport and recycling like yoga we appreciate the heritage.

      • Neil: You left out the following major contributions of Indian Science which were discussed in the Indian Science Congress:

        – Narendra Modi gravitational waves proposed in the 106th Indian Science Congress (ref: bit.ly/33na2U3)

        – Vedic aircraft that facilitated inter-planetary travel using fuels derived from the faeces and urine of cows as explained in the Indian Science Congress of 2015, see ref: bit.ly/39OwjeU

        Shame on You for this lapse !

    • If we keep copying and adapting everything of other Western countries we won’t have anything of our own….

      Everyone has adapted to Western clothes… Now you guys have problem with Hindi language… No one in America can’t speak English because it is the language of that region…

      Hindi is the language of India …. It is one of the things that defines and differentiates us as Indians….

      It is good to have originality of your own … Rather than being a replica of another….

  18. I agree with the author. India is a highly diverse country with several languages and dialects. We also have very limited resources and high population. While I understand and appreciate the argument that ‘mother tongue’ or regional language should be promoted, fact is we simply do not have the money and resources to translate available literature into so many languages. Further, mobility of persons from one state to another would be automatically restricted as children’s education will form a barrier if they have to learn a new language each time a parent moves. Encouraging an integrated India requires ease of movement. It should also be noted that the NEP aims to provide higher education (graduate and above) to 50% of the children. Higher education in multiple languages will further strech the available resources. We are already lagging behind in the per capita GDP, which is providing Indians extreamly low standard of living. Further, I agree that the lower class which ends up sending their children to be taught in vernacular medium cannot give adequate support at a later date, say when the child is in 8th Std, to develop proficiency in English. This results in these children being at a disadvantage when they approach higher education and drop out. Another effect is lack of confidence wherein we see engineers and other graduates applying for jobs of a peon etc. While cultural pride and heritage is essential, currently the rate of development required and available resources in India, along with diversity is the reason why compromise is required and English education needs to be encouraged.

  19. Absolutely lopsided,unscientific,biased and illogical take with a biased elitist mentality.
    So chinese, japanese, koreans are poor as they learn in their own language? They are amongst the wealthiest nations .In India english has became a elitist, aspirational language with masses blindly believing/lead to believe that English is must for achieving prosperity. just look around and see the sad plight of children in this country struggling to learn same thing in different languages one at school and one at home. many things are left to mugging up rather than understanding as neither teachers nor parents have adequate time for making pupils understand everything. whole world is moving towards learning in initial years towards mother tongue as scientific evidence shows that learning is best in mother tongue and here you are!
    English as a language should be taught to children no doubt about that but medium of instruction should be mother tongue/local language .

    • Mr Amit Chopde: I agree with many of the issues you raise in your post but also have issues with some of the others. Take for instance your claim:

      “.. So chinese, japanese, koreans are poor as they learn in their own language? They are amongst the wealthiest nations ..”

      This seems to imply a correlation between learning in your own language and wealth. But then, there are examples that prove the opposite as well and let me start with your own example of Korea. And you have been referring to South Korea, but not its less known sibling North Korea.

      Both South and North Korea use Korean as the medium of instruction and here are some stats about them:

      NORTH KOREA: GDP/Capita:USD 1,500
      (Ref: bit.ly/3hW5193)

      SOUTH KOREA: GDP/Capita: USD 43,028
      (Ref: bit.ly/39J6Xiy)

      So tell me Mr Amit Chopde: Can language alone explain this nearly 29 fold difference in GDP/Capita between the 2 Koreas?

      Then we have other examples. Arabic is the language of Egypt, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Tunisia, Algeria and yet these countries show a very wide variation in per capita GDP as shown below:

      EGYPT: USD 12,250
      BAHRAIN: USD 46,891
      TUNISIA: USD 11,201
      MAN: USD: 29,052
      QATAR: USD 96,491
      ALGERIA: USD 3,948
      (ref: bit.ly/39J6Xiy)

      One might argue that these countries were former French & British colonies and have Francophone, Anglophone and Arabic language based educational systems etc. etc. But nonetheless, my point is that medium on instruction alone cannot explain this wide variation in levels of economic development.

      A raft of factors impact development outcomes in a country. Previous history, levels of industrialisation, homogeneity of the populace, population size, educational policies, trade policy, defence spending, health of the population, discrimination, degree of inequality etc. etc. need to be factored in when explaining the wealth of a country. Not just language of instruction alone.

      PS. Please see my previous comment comparing Norway, Germany, Finland, Japan, China and South Korea with India where more economic indicators have been factored in to explain the differing outcomes seen.

  20. Economics might provide some pointers in resolving this thorny issue.

    DEMAND:
    – Is there high demand for education in English ?
    – Is there high demand for education in regional languages?

    MY GUESS: There is significantly higher demand for education in English, across all over India and in all strata of society.

    SUPPLY:

    – Is there an infrastructure for supply of education in English?
    – Is there an infrastructure for supply of education in regional languages?

    By infra-structure, I mean availability of teachers, textbooks, reference books, educational aids, free online facilities like Khan academy, exam and testing capabilities, standardisation of syllabi across languages, teacher training etc. etc.

    As things stand today, the quality and indeed availability of this “educational infra-structure” varies highly from language to language. I do not know whether there are maths, geography, biology or history textbooks, teachers and exams even in Schedule 8 languages such as Assamese, Oriya, Bodo, Konkani, Santhali etc. Some of them such as Konkani, Bodo etc. are even written in many scripts with no widely accepted standard. Attempts to “devanagarify” some of these scripts have additionally been met with resistance.

    MY GUESS: Both qualitative and quantitative aspects of supply are much higher for English as a medium of instruction rather than regional languages.

    The GOI spends about 3.8% of GDP (ref: World Bank Stats at: bit.ly/2Du25l2) which is not much compared to other Western countries. Any deployment of NEP or radical changes from the existing framework in terms of medium of education will entail much higher outlays. And even if the supply in terms of educational facilities is created, I am afraid, there will not be a proportional demand.

    Sadly, as things stand in India today, Indian education often fits the description provided by the famous British economist John Maynard Keynes ((1883-1946) )

    “Education: the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the indifferent by the incompetent”

  21. You are a very limited thinking person. Teaching in mother tongue will help children to learn and many languages ​​of India will live long. I know it is very difficult for you to understand this.

    • You should try sending your kids to your native mother tongue speaking Schools all the way to Engineering and Medical colleges and ensure they can earn a decent living. If you insist on mother tongue, are there Engineering and Medical colleges that teach in regional languages and if they do, can they seek employment in the current industry ? If you can answer this in affirmitive with evidence, we’ll learn in our regional languages.

  22. A lamentable aspect of policy making in India is that the people who are the target populations of a policy are seldom consulted. Policy flows top down from the all-knowing mandarins in various “Bhavans” to the people. From time to time, some expert committee makes a recommendation, again with scant consultations with the people targeted. Just as the white sahib knew what was good for the natives, his successor, the brown sahib too knows what the people need. And therein lies the genesis of many policy failures in the implementation phase.

    Take for instance an attempt by Karnataka to entice parents to send children to Kannada medium schools instead of English medium schools. The Karnataka government instituted cash payments as rewards to incentivise parents to opt for Kannada. Guess what happened next: Parents did a fake enrollment of their children in a Kannada medium school, collected the cash reward and quietly got their children admitted to English medium schools ! Of course, corrupt government bureaucrats facilitated this con. After all, bureaucrats, like politicians, would never dream of anything but an English medium for their own wards.

    That begs the question: Why don’t policy makers speak to ordinary people – parents in this case – and assess their aspirations and concerns before making a policy ?

  23. Predictably, there are the usual middle-class Hindutva fuelled jingoists who suddenly discover the “merits” of instruction and education in local languages, never mind the fact they would never send their own kids anywhere near such schools ! They cite the instances of other countries where instruction is provided in local languages and conclude that the same approach is transferable to India. Well, a more glaring example of apples to oranges comparison is hard to find.

    I am referring to comparisons between India and countries like Germany, Japan, France, Russia, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Korea etc. You find commenters like Messrs. Neil, Rajat Bhatia, KK, Kumar, Ramesh, Shreya etc. citing the examples of these countries and quickly concluding that India should emulate them. An utterly impractical idea that most parents – who can afford English medium education – will summarily reject.

    If one looks at merely 4 criteria in these countries viz.
    – Population size
    – Number of official languages
    – GDP/capita (World Bank Statistics, available at: bit.ly/39J6Xiy)
    – Government spending on education as % of GDP ((World Bank Statistics, available at: bit.ly/2Du25l2)

    one would discover that these countries are tremendously different from India in terms of demographics, wealth, government prioritisation of education and so on. I have left out Russia and Sweden in my analysis for the sake of brevity.

    FINLAND
    Pop: 5.5 millions; Official Languages: Finnish & Swedish spoken by 95% and 5% respectively;
    GDP/Capita: USD 51,323; Govt. spending on education: 6.9%

    NORWAY
    Pop: 5,4 millions; Official languages: Norwegian & Sámi, Nearly 98% speak Norwegian,
    GDP/capita: USD 66,831; Govt. spending on education: 8%

    SOUTH KOREA:
    Pop: 51 millions: Official language: Korean (Hangul);
    GDP/Capita: USD 43,028; Govt. spending on education: 4.6%

    GERMANY
    Pop: 83 millions; Official language: German; GDP/Capita: USD 56,052; Govt. spending on education: 4.8%

    FRANCE:
    Pop: 67 millions; Official language: French; GDP/Capita: USD 49,435; Govt. spending on education: 5.7%

    JAPAN:
    Pop: 126 millions; Official language: Japanese;
    GDP/Capita: USD 43,235; Govt. spending on education: 3.2%

    CHINA:
    Pop:1.4 billions; Official language: Chinese, some regional languages are also recognised;
    GDP/Capita: USD 16,784; Govt. spending on education: 1.9%

    INDIA: Pop: 1.35 billions; Official languages: Hindi & English. In addition 22 regional languages included in 8th Schedule of Constitution, 38 languages petitioning for inclusion in 8th schedule. In all nearly 450 languages spoken in the country.
    GDP/Capita: USD 7,034; Govt. spending on education: 3.8%

    Essentially, what Messrs. Neil, Rajat Bhatia, KK, Kumar, Ramesh, Shreya and other commenters forget is that there is enormous heterogeneity in India with regard to languages. The countries they offer as some sort of “role models” have much smaller, relatively homogeneous populations, usually only one or two languages are spoken in the populace and they are extremely wealthy compared to India. For the sake of simplicity I am ignoring migrant/minority languages such as Turkish and Arabic in Germany; Russian in Finland, Korean in Japan etc. etc.

    Additionally, their historical trajectories have also been very different from India and hence the role of foreign languages were different too. For instance, China was never fully colonised but today colonises other countries and imposes Chinese there.

    Almost all the countries in the list above have been using their native languages for education at all levels for several decades such that there is an infrastructure for teaching in them. Elements of that linguistic infrastructure would be trained teachers, textbooks, a common, easily understood vocabulary, possibilities to pursue education in that language to all levels. And more importantly, the “portability” of en education in that language. After all, if you are trained only in Gujarati, you cannot practise medicine in Kerala can you ? In any case, us Keralites have soundly and roundly rejected many Gujarati ideas … !

    Bottomline: Historical, economic, demographic and educational policy preferences and even prejudices towards languages render a country to country comparison absurd. And even if some Indians believe that what works in tiny Finland will work in India, well, time to examine your wallet book to see whether one has the wherewithal to copy that.

  24. India has been always Confused not firm either on any language , u r right Mother tongue fanatics b’coz they Modi n party wants to break India n make every mother tongue states into a Country like it happened with Soviet union. Soviet union was divided into different countries with the help of US n UK, so will India be divided into different countries with the help of US n UK externally n Modi n party internally, isn’t it?

  25. Not a good article at all.

    Remember India has other states apart from UP and Kashmir.

    I am a South Indian and there are a millions of educational institutions who teach everything in English unless it is chosen by a student or a parent.

    Do not generalize things and do your research well.

    I also don’t understand how a kashmiri talking English surprised you? People like you are the ones who do not let the country move forward by writing such nonsense articles.

    Horrible article

  26. I think in Hindi, but forced to express myself in a language without which there are no chances of survival, at least for me.

  27. Totally thoughtless and foolhardy article. Misleading and not worth reading. I strongly condemn the writer.
    Not expectable from ‘The Print’

  28. No problem having mother tongue as the overall medium of instruction. But should recognise that only about 40% of Indians have some dialect of Hindi as their mother tongue . . The remainig 60% should learn in their own mother tongues and should not be burdened to compulsorily learn Hindi as a second or even third language. There is no need for learning Hindi formally for the purpose of communicating within the country.
    The informal knowledge of Hindi acqured through day to day local interperson and media exposure will be sufficient for that purpose.

    Instead of wasting energy in learning 3 languages, all should have the option and facility to learn English as a second language that will act as the common national and international link language as well as the already developed language for higher studies.

  29. The tone and language of the author itself does not help the case. Beyond doubt he proves it that the people taught in English and steeped in the methods and thoughts the language brings along with it, cancels out the decency which the mother tongue has and brings in. It’s not that the English language brings in negativity, it’s just that we as Indians are not original in applying it and resort words and expressions out of our culture. We have come to own it as yet, but are still being ‘ruled by it which is murdering the original thinking in the person. A regular Indian is trying to speak better English and look prim and proper rather than sharpening his skills on his subject. We have instead created a self conscious generation. It’s time to be free and focus on the passions in the heart. Language can always be learnt by people, but people have to first grow in an enabling environment.

  30. I see so many haters here. I ask all of you (as does the author here) are you sending your kid to an English medium school or a hindi (or whatever your mother tongue is) medium school? If you are sending your kid to a English medium one, your words are hollow and you are here to spread hate. If you are sending your kid to one where he is being taught in his mother tongue, chances are he would have to anyways learn English, if he wants to pursue higher studies, and at that age he would struggle to learn the language because language acquisition comes easily to kids but is difficult for adults. I am a scientist, I know many smart, hard working people, who got their basic education in their ir mother tongue. But when these smart people with bright ideas have to write research papers they struggle. Stop seeing this issue as a ‘patriot’ but as a parent, would you like to limit opportunities for your kid or widen their horizons? I am a hindi speaker, my entire education has been in english, yet I don’t find it difficult to speak in my mother tongue. Knowing English has only increased my opportunities, whether it be in the job market or in simply accessing any knowledge that I desire through internet. Why shouldn’t my fellow countrymen and women living in rural India or ones who are not financially strong, have the same opportunities? Why do they have to shoulder the ‘responsibility to protect hindi’?

    • An outstanding comment Ms Manjari ! You hit the nail on the head when you write:

      “.. Stop seeing this issue as a ‘patriot’ but as a parent, would you like to limit opportunities for your kid or widen their horizons ..”

      Indeed, many of these armchair patriots would never dream of sending their kids to schools in local languages. Parents in India are not naïve and know which side of the bread is buttered. Remember the row some years ago when India’s highly qualified, Harvard educated Education Minister Smriti Irani decided to replace German with Sanskrit in Kendriya Vidyalaas? Parents raised a stink and lobbied for retention of the far more useful German than Sanskrit – and rightly so.
      As you correctly point out Ms Manjari, most of the guardians of Indian culture are the ones who will never send their own progeny to regional language schools. Even that great defender of the Marathi language and the “Marathi manoos” from the depredations of the “kaala madraasi”, the Bihari, the North Indian and the Muslim viz. Bal Thackeray was once asked why his own family members did the International Baccalauréat and studied German and French but not Marathi and Hindi. His curt answer: “That is a political question” !

      As the American anthropologist Margaret Mead (1901-78) once said:

      “What people say, what people do and what they say they do are entirely different things !”

  31. The rein of the brown sahibs is at an end. But don’t let the pundits of Hindi speaking north Indians purloin education and Sanskritize it. Primary education in a child’s learning makes it the most effective. Ignoring English will put India in a cocoon to its disadvantage. There is a time and place for English and the marketplace dictates it. Do-gooders keep your hands off education.

  32. By improving the teaching of English in junior high school and later years of education in all schools where early education is imparted in vernacular language, to enable students to speak, write and understand English well, we can overcome the issue of not teaching primary class students in their vernacular language.

  33. ‘English-speaking fanatics have ruined the country’.
    This is really shameful and unforgivably pathetic that even after extended efforts to promote national interests, there still exist so-calles ‘educated’ uncouths like you.
    The most audacious word of yours is that you dare to compare english to sanskrit! Telling you very adamantly, that Sanskrit will always be our pride, and you must very well know this.
    When every other country depends on their own native languages, why do Indians need a foreign language to stand upto the world? We are still mental slaves of the British.
    India does not need any ‘English dependencies’. Even if this a mere opinion of yours, you ought to revise your criteria based on which you very bluntly call India a poor, backward country. There is absolutely no need for us to convert our schools to English-speaking convents.
    Taking into account your word that every parent is willing to send their children to english schools, I would very firmly like to inform you that they are not ‘willing’, but are compelled to do this as there is no other scope for them. A child has to cope with unnecessary problems, one language at home and another at school, yet there is no other option.
    There is absolutely no need to push children into the dilemma of languages. The outrageous opinions that you have mentioned are quite unverified, because the truth is that this english fondness of people like you has practically deprived a large proportion of children from education.
    The irony is that our Mr.Intelligent who wrote this article is so much fascinated by a “rural’s english”, as you call. Why cannot he speak english, when he can afford to pursue a PhD from Germany? But sir, all of our population is not this able. They need ‘education’ to uplift themselves, not English and then people like you go ahead discouraging their interests.
    Another point to be made here is that India has been ‘poor & backward’, as you call, because we paid attention to people like you and this ultimately made us lose our own identity.
    There would be no Hindustan if we continue to promote other cultures, and forget ours. If what was happening before continues, then there would be a time when our languages would lose their existence, and so will the people of India.

    • Ms Shreya: You take strong umbrage at the comparison between English & Sanskrit as if such comparisons are tantamount to blasphemy. I refer to your chauvinistic and singularly ludicrous post:

      “.. The most audacious word of yours is that you dare to compare english to sanskrit! ..Sanskrit will always be our pride .. ”

      WOW! What rage ! I hope you have not issued the Hindutva equivalent of Khomeini’s notorious fatwas to liquidate the author, Mr Shivam Vij !

      So tell me Ms Shreya, what is wrong in comparing 2 languages? Has your beloved Modi now made that too a seditious act? Will you now be sending hitmen to do to Mr Shivam Vij what your Hindutva friends did to Ms Gauri Lankesh?

      Ms Shreya: The more one listens to blinkered, blind jingoists like you peering at the world through your saffron tinted glasses, the more one realises that your ilk too aids and abets in transforming India into a Hindu Pakistan.

      Pathetic to say the least.

  34. This stigma to send childern in english medium made parents fool for many years. Why english medium ? Cant childern learn in their mother language?..We should change our attitude about english…its just a language not knowledge. In india english has become class…english kuch bhi bolo to woh hoshiyar …baki sab buddhu…our people need to leave this fascination about english…its good to speak english but usko overrate mar karo

  35. Why this ABSOLUTELY GUTTER BORN
    JOURNALIST / WRITER is making HUE & CRY ❓ I’m asking this IDIOT that MODIJI is not at all forcing parents to admit their children to VERNACULAR MEDIUM ❗❗❗
    There is choice available in NEP for those parents would like to admit their children in ENGLISH MEDIUM they can.
    You are paid ( MUSALMAN Congress) jouno

  36. I wish the so called journalist had gone beyond his ‘ India bashing’ and looked at how other countries are faring by supporting their native languages. Emotions are good, but next time around, please use some logic too.

  37. You are a half baked one that is evident from the style of your writing. Children learn their mother tongue right from the time they were in their mother’s womb.
    OA must have paid you for writing like this! There is much needed peace in jk now. You have come to praise their education system when the schools got closed due to threats! You are good at joKING. Paid prostitute.

  38. No one seems to understand one important thing here, especially writer of this article. Communication abilities are a prerequisite for going to school so that kids focus on subject matter instead of having blank faces. English medium instruction when that is not the communication medium is a joke at best and a crime at worst being committed on our kids.

  39. No one seems to understand one important thing here, especially writer of this article. Communication abilities are a prerequisite for going to school so that kids focus on subject matter instead of having blank faces. English medium instruction when that is not the communication medium is a joke at best and a crime at worst being committed on our kids..

  40. what an idiotic article. so basically this author wants India to learn english and kill regional languages because he wanted to ride a taxi with PHD wielding driver… what an a*se..secondly just creating english speaking cybercoolies earning some foreign exchange has actually destroyed the countries entrepreneurial and creative thinking capacity..all we want is engineering/mba DEgrees and start earning big bucks at MNC.. russia/china/japan/germany/france progresses because those countries are doing original research unlike India who is just a buyer and user of technology because we just don’t have creative mindset here..all we care about is cramming good english and trying to impress others.. english is good but for that there is no need to badmouth regional languages.. just take a look at internet content these days… more regional content than english..more quality in regional language content than english… so you can go, take a hike with your views Mr.Moron..

  41. If you had for 5minutes pondered carefully what your stand should be, you would nkt have wrote such an article that lacks so much foresight and insight. Your proposition that English keeps us economically strong falls flat when you reose that since independence it has not prove that statement.

    • So what languages do India’s call centres – which bring in valuabke foreign exchange – use Mr Veejay? Sanskrit ? Hindi? Oriya?

  42. This is the most biased journalism ever seen after arnab goswami. I am on a neutral outlook in accordance to India but this whole Print sounds really biased views.

  43. The comments in the section, are bashing the author rather than criticising the article.
    People are givimg wide ranbe of examples of countries with education in local language. These countries, of the EU , or Asia, are generally SINGLE language countries. How many countries can boast of more than say 2 different languages? Canada, Switzerland?

    India became a software or soft power in service industry precisely because of english. The higher PROFESSIONAL ( medicine, .aw, engg, accountancy) education is AVAILABLE ONLY in English. Unless this changes, there is no riddance of English – a symbol of slavery as per a lot of people on the forum.

    The death of English in Indian ecucation is only a myth. Thank God for that. My maid is not convinced by non english education for her kids. She says – kaam kahan hain agar english nahi ayegi to?

    • Brilliant comment Mr Pankaj Hedoo !

      The BJP is on its way to destroying the one area where India stands very tall viz. its software and IT services sector that have leveraged English successfully. And now that too is being sabotaged, aided and abetted by jingoistic middle-class bhakths who refuse to hold their government accountable for its deeds and misdeeds. And swallow anything that comes from the BJP and its ideological fount in Nagpur for being the gosepl truth.

      As the British author George Orwell (1903-50) said:

      “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims, but accomplices”

  44. Even if these are your opinions are right (I personally don’t agree with most of these), I think there is a nicer way to put them out, and a better way to give a title being a journalist. You need to use some civil words and throw out some unnecessary words that have been used, which I don’t want to list here. Keep learning English and get multiple PhD’s in that. Good luck.

    • Well said. People who fight for preserving their culture and mother tongue cannot be referred to as fanatics. This article may have presented some good points. But, the author have missed a crucial point that a majority of mother tongue loving people in India also understand and support English usage strongly. The only thing these”fanatics” reject is the evil idea of oppression in the disguise of unity by imposing hindi on non native hindi speakers.

    • A Random Reader: I don’t find anything rude in the article here. It is well-argued and uses a civil tone.

      You criticise the author’s language, and shoot a knee-jerk “.. I personally don’t agree ..” without bothering to argue and defend your own stance. So how about telling us why you are in disagreement and showing us ordinary people how to write using “civil words” ?

  45. Macaulay in his diary wrote to rule India we have to destroy their education system and establish British education system to rule it forever.

    That is what they did. They destroyed the gurukul system, banned Sanskrit medium schooling and made the system producing brown sahibs.

    Batting for mother tongue for knowledge based education is critical because your learning becomes easier, preserves your identity and rich cultural heritage.

    Japan, China, France, Germany are good examples of this.

    For bharat to progress we need to decolonize our education, administration and our psyche. The reason we are lagging behind is we chose a foreign medium of communication whose intent was to create brown sahibs instead of knowledge and wisdom.

    We created this myth that English speak is some virtue if you don’t have it then you are gawar, inferior and not good for anything.

    It’s time to break free from this colonial and slavish mentality. Make education mother tongue based so as the medium of instruction.

    • This is one of the biggest myths being propagated by fanatics. There is enough historical evidence to show that we picked up English because it benefited us. There has been examples of state governments banning study of English. In every case these caused devastating long term damage to the students.

    • On the contrary Macaulay education gave us Bengal Renaissance and Raja Ram Mohan, Bankim, Tagore, Jagdish C , Satyen Bose ,Satyajit Ray and innumerable others.

    • Things which are not pragmatic and applicable to current day life – they perish – no one need to make any planning to destroy them, this is common sense and not rocket science. Vaccines and medicines are also west and english medium – you think they are also myth.

    • Very true….Neil…..CHANGE IS CONSTANT they say…..but practically no one wants to move in that direction…..Yes British Invasion in our forefathers life was gruesome….they erased their history, culture, identity, medicine, language,uniqueness and what not…. And well also education system which were provided to only elite people then to keep the labour power alive which is going on in full strength. When our forefather had to change forcefully and did a good job and survived the change and we are their outcome. Indians who went to abroad to any country long long back became successful not because they knew English. Almost all successful stories I have read or heard they only knew their mother tongue but still they made it because they had hunger to do something in their life. This change if it was introduced immediately after independence when British left would have been beneficial as English speaking people in India were very less then….But politician then were more worried about their image in front of this Britisher giving them farewell party….thanking them for uprooting our people and promising them that their traditions will be carried forward and we will remain poorest country forever and will be in service to the world in all fields. In UK I see everywhere Indian people in top positions. It a shame that though we do great things around the world but our mindset is stuck somewhere in one language English. We are only one country with multilingual power that’s very reason we are adaptable anywhere. Guys are you all worried about children or yourself. When a child is born it is said that he or she can grasp as many languages as possible if exposed to it. Kids can learn any language if taught something meaningful and valuable to upgrade them. Don’t forget we were Richest country before any country invaded and please nobody spoke English we still did trade and commerce beautifully without MBA degree. Translator jobs is lucrative from very start no body has ponder upon it yet. Why stick to one language. Just exploit our multilingual skill and conquer the world instead. Why we are bothered within the states whats going to happen. In Google we get translator free of charge for God’s sake…kids are more efficient in handling smartphone and all eletronics gadgets without being taught. Don’t underestimate our intelligence. Trust our ancestoral qualities and genes. Thanks and sorry if I have hurt anyone’s feeeling and conscience.

  46. It is a well-known FACT that ADVANCED EDUCATION in the NATIVE LANGUAGE is BEST for a COUNTRY

    Russia, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Sweden, Finland, Norway – ALL HAVE EDUCATION in their NATIVE LANGUAGES and NOT IN ENGLISH e, Germany, Japan, Korea, Sweden, Finland, Norway – ALL HAVE EDUCATION in their NATIVE LANGUAGES and NOT IN ENGLISH

    • When you have a half baked knowledge on things like these then no wonder you’d say something as absurd as this one. Nearly all of the aforementioned countries aren’t multilingual, Russia effectively suppressed local languages such as Bashkir, Tuvash, Komi etc to superimpose Russian, check Russification on the internet, it was a process done with brute force measure, something disgusting and also unimaginable to do in today’s world. Our country is vastly multi linguistic and imposing one language would only spell disaster for unity of India. Hindi or any local language’s appeal isn’t beyond the borders of certain regions of India, so emulating other countries without self assessment would be spectacularly a stupid thing to do.

      • An excellent rebuttal Mr Srinath Krishnan !

        Russification was the former USSR’s way of supressing local indigeneous cultures – not very different from what white settlers did to the natives of Australia and the Americas. Force and violence were hallmarks of Russification in these regions. I have studied with quite a few persons from these ex-Republics of the USSR and they all lamented at having had their native tongues replaced by Russian, a language with relatively little use internationally.

        Additionally, Mr Rajat Bhatia compares, linguistically homogeneous and countries with tiny populations like Norway, Sweden, Korea, Finland etc. with a large, very heterogeneous country like India where there are at least 22 recognised regional languages. A textbook case of apples to oranges comparison ! Indeed, he even forgets that there is a North Korea & South Korea and chooses to compare only South Koreawith India.

        Claims of the type Mr Rajat Bhatia makes are rife in the comments section. I do have a few comments elsewhere where I dig deeper into the absurdities of such untenable comparisons which might interest you too Sir.

  47. Going through your article, it looks like you have studied only ‘English’, nothing else. Please work on your topic before writing something as hundreds of people are going to read it. If you don’t learn to respect one language, trust me, you can’t respect English as a language as well. And as you have mentioned in your million dollar article that ‘There’s absolutely no parent in India who does not want to send their children to an English medium school. ‘; all I can say is that Good bless you.
    And if you haven’t read ‘The Last Lesson’ till now, go for it.
    ‘Mother Tongue’ has never been a barrier in the path of learning English, it is the mentality of people like you, who describes it as scary as hell

  48. Huh.
    Do some unbiased research and then write articles. Chinese don’t like and speak english and yet they are in much better position then we are today. There are more english language speaking people in India than are in china.
    Germans, French , Japan… (list is long).
    It is not language that keeps you behind. It is your own will; to be left behind, that keeps you behind. Improve infrastructure (roads, electricity, housing, health care, water, internet and more) and tech knowledge.

  49. It’s been almost 75 years since we have been living free lives, and I wonder why the hell do you still want to live as a slave? Why the hell would someone dump the worlds most sophisticated and ancient language for English? Why does “theprint” so badly want to erase Indian culture and traditions? It made my stomach churn when I read “English as the new Sanskrit”. I belong to a Dalit family and my mother tongue will be never replaced by English no matter how hard slaves like you strive for it .

  50. Here author talk about language only.But main question is how to address Teaching and learning methodology and as a teacher I feel bilingual method of teaching works.Its good to see now policy is encouraging bilingualism way of teaching and learning.

  51. When i started reading, i stopped and check the writer.it is completely written in influence. It is just like engineering book written by an art teacher. Better to ignore

  52. Mother tongue is plain common sense. English fixation is fanaticism. Education in mother tongue till class 5 is highly welcome move.

  53. I pity the author, as s/he must be so not at peace right now. I started to read the article hoping to learn some “facts” as to why mother tongue is “ruining” the future. Well, not even three sections into it, it started to feel more like a “PERSONAL RANT” rather than an article written by a professional.

  54. Hi i’m an engineer by profession and i strongly disagree with the above article.

    Everything is not about money and frame.

    If you value your land your childhood your memories…no other language can fillup the space which you have with your loved ones..

    and top of all wherever you go they are the only one’s to support in your good or bad times.

    Nevertheless i embrace and cherish the culture and local language and everything that draws me back to my mother land.

    Thanks for acknowledging may it helps you in rethinking again.

  55. Hi i’m an engineer by profession and i strongly disagree with the above article.

    Everything is not about money and frame.

    If you value your land your childhood your memories…no other language can fillup the space which you have with your loved ones..

    and top of all wherever you go they are the only one’s to support in your good or bad times.

    Nevertheless i embrace and cherish the culture and local language and everything that draws me back to my mother land.

    Thanks for acknowledging may it helps you in rethinking again.

  56. Yea this person who ever wrote this, obviously does not seem to have the sense to see whats happening in France, Germany, Russia and many other developed countries, very ill informed and narrow narratives serves no purpose, ignore ans don’t pay attention.

    U can uphold language and still prosper, why, people cant excel in more than one language ? may be this person is doubtful, country may mot be

    • are you daft or are you dumb? Without English we’ll perish. We are still an ass backwards country, to follow our own path, we must first reach a dignified position on a global stage, we can only do that with English. Don’t get fooled by countries like Japan and Germany, they were superpowers long before the turn of this century and the one earlier, they could carve their own path, we don’t have the skillset to do so. So until we do, we must learn English, no matter how much it hurts us. Also I’d much rather learn English, than Sanskrit-the uppity Brahmin language. I’d much rather learn the language of my colonizers rather than that of unofficial colonizers. English is the only way to eliminate the caste system.

  57. Ya sure…..by your logic then Japan, Germany, France, China, Korea etc all are poor n underdeveloped countries…….N you call this quality journalism…

    Btw for your information there has been a press release that the English medium schools will not be converted to regional language schools……. therefore it’s optional.
    N if you get time from your quality journalism then please go n read NEP 2020

  58. National language: Hindi – Mandatory throughout India for at least 5 years
    State language (mother tongue; be it Gujrati, Bengali, Punjabi, Naga and so on).: Mandatory in each state for at least 5 years.
    All other (non-native langauges) English, German, Chinese, Spanish, Persian, Russian, Urdu and so on: Optional
    All school textbooks translated thoroughly into National and each State Languages.
    Businesses, traffic Signs, and products be it maps, cellphones, educational tools and so on .

    The author has a slave mindset. The person who doesn’t know his or her mother’s tongue doesn’t really know his or her mother, and same goes for the father. And, without saying it hatefully, I think everyone knows what those people are called in English. I wish Indian government had adopted this kind of policy after Independence and made sincere efforts to translate good science into local Indian languages. Politicians were too lazy or did not have the will or were too disconnected from the general public. All Indian languages should be given equal rights and priorities be it Hindi, Sanskrit, Punjabi, Gujrati, Bengali and so on. All road signs, textbooks, business correspondence should be in local languages. English, German, Chinese, Urdu, Persian etc. should be taught as electives for whoever wants to learn. Government should demand foreign companies to make products in local languages if they want to sell to India’s billion people.

    • Mr Manjit Singh Khalsa: You pontificate:

      “.. National language: Hindi – Mandatory throughout India for at least 5 years ..”

      Want to re-open, nay, re-ignite the anti-Hindi riots of the 60s and 70s? And this time, you will find them happening even outside South India, including in Punjab.

      Let sleeping dogs lie Sir.

  59. This is one of the most ridiculous understanding of education, language, socio-economic difference in the country. The author being surprised or appalled at kashmiri youth from rural areas speaking English shows the authors ignorance about the country. There are many people without degree in rural areas speak better English and posses more technical and engineering knowledge than many graduates or doctrates. Knowledge has got nothing to do with language. Language is just a medium. If English is so superior according to you just check out the success rate of people who use sign language to communicate they are far more successful. Hyd entrepreneur runs a company for majority of blind as he himself is one among them and got educated abroad. Coming to regional language you have conveniently ignored successful people who made it with their mother tongue eg. Abdul kalam or current isro chief sivan.. Who got educated in their mother tongue till their college life. To succeed many sportsmen, athletes, actors, musicians, poets, novelist, entrepreneur, designer, architect etc. Don’t require english. The author’s ignorance cannot become a valid reason to write an article without any proper understanding of the common sense behind any education. Check out Scandinavian schools too. I’m appalled at the quality of journalism and journalist. How is this even in public domain as an authorised copy of the magazine. The author has first fixed the agenda, found out the target and decided the conclusion even before he has gained knowledge about the education policy. His writing was only a means to satisfy his ego.

  60. Namaskara Shivam,
    I pity you, but you are not a problem you created. You are the sad result of the oppression that we have been subjected to for centuries. At best, you can realise this and try to attempt looking at the real world, which is different from the facade created by the modern, corporatized world.

    You must really try and see that it is totally possible to live a comfortable life without knowing English. And by being educated in our mother-tongue, we will learn to be content, happy and peaceful. Unlike, the discontent, agitated, consumerist “English-educated” population around the world today.

  61. It is wrong to blame mother tongue for India’s poverty & less education , original reason is lack of proper way of education & co-ordination with student’s mind set & thier interest in way of education

  62. If Government wants local language education, the MOST IMPORTANT thing is to produce ACCURATE and Government approved translation of Penal Code in all local languages.

    Next convert entire allopathic medical education to local languages.

    And finally try modern mathematics in local languages so that science and engineering and accountancy can be in local language.

    Please tweet and see what Modiji does about it.😜😜

    Only after HIGHER EDUCATION is made available in local language, one can start in mother tongue. Otherwise the formative years till age 6 or 7, when kids learn max words, they will be learning the NON USEFUL words.

    And BIMARU states are BIMARU because the kids learn in local language till class 5 or 6…..Mind you ,they are not dumb, they are just totally zero in confidence due to lack of modern system.

    And how about IAS exams? The IAS which is the SOLID FRAMEWORK of the executive, can we have those exams also in native language?

    It is all confusing….

  63. The writer’s view on regional languages highlights the fact that our minds are yet to be de-c isolonised. A language is a gateway to a culture. English has been an imposition on us. Yes, we have accepted English, but it should not be at the cost of our mother tongues.

  64. Those who give examples of countries like China, Japan, France and such other countries for using mother tongue in educating their children forget that they do not have so vast a diverse linguistic population as that of India. The mother tongue fanatics must answer why should a Tamil serving for a few years in Bengal force his child to learn Bengali? Again after a few years if he gets transferred to another state will his ward again be forced to learn another state language? Democracy is all about keeping in view the interest of the minority. What will happen to Bengalis living in Assam, Gujaratis in Maharashtra, Tamils in Karnataka and vice versa? Mother tongue fanatics have no answer to this. A majoritarian wave is running in the country where the majority of a particular place wants to impose its will on the minority.

  65. “Hindu, Hindi, Hindustan” brigade is likely to unimpressed. But be that as it may, it is an Idea whose time has come.

  66. It is slavic mentality of this author who thinks Indians will always need western country to get ahead. India is very country and it need to lay out its own future. Author is nuts to say people should learn in English. It is best to teach in mother tongue. People understand and comprehend concept better in motor tongue. Author is nothing but slave.

  67. WTF is this, are you attacking regional languages by stating them as a reason for india being poor and backward. I mean has this anti india news channel crossed its limits. English is a language not a way to succeed, there are many countries like china,japan,Korea,Russia who are developing without learning English. the print has seriously gone nuts for sure

  68. Hope the writer to this article can answer my question
    Why across wold majority of countries prefer to study in their indigenous language eg China-Mandarin,Japan,France,Germany to name a few
    How many new inventions/Patents registered by Indians post independent in comparison to above few countries.
    Mr Vij think over you throw u r article in dust bin
    One more thing English as new Samskrit is a fool’s statement.
    English is an absolute incomplete language Samskrit is far ahead

    • The author accepts That English is responsible for the stone throwing incidents in Kashmir.
      Also Does the author know that Without a test in the German Language nobody is allowed in German Colleges ? Regards

      • Mr Kamal Singh: Your claim:

        “.. Without a test in the German Language nobody is allowed in German Colleges ? ..” is a tad exagerrated.

        A lot of education and research is conducted in English. Even in France, education in English is slwoly but surely making inroads. Besides, how can you assume that what works in a rich country like Germany with just 1 major language will work in a developing country like India with nearly 450 langauges?

    • This writer is a big fools , ediot . Editor timly fire him or you will loose readers. I have studied through Christian missionary school till my graduation I and nowere in the carrier race and my cousin studied through Local language medium Govt.school and collage, he is in US California now.
      Keeping dalites deprived from English medium schools for cheap labour and outsourcing IT proficient to forign countries is not cheap labouring ? Kashmiries will do PHD in chemistry only to make bomb and lay in your asshole .

  69. I more or less agree but instead of making all education exclusively english medium we can strike a compromise. We can have both the mother tongue (language of the state) as well as english taught with equal emphasis right from the very beginning . Children should learn to speak and write both in their mother tongue as well as english. By the time they reach standard seven they should be proficient in communication, both written and oral.

  70. Now I am fully convinced that this guy is a nuts. He is really a ignorant joke. I presently live in canada. My grandson was to be admitted in day care, hardly 8 months old. Daycare is run by government, I was reading instructions and I found that government insisting on giving instructions to child in his/her mother tongue. In canada there are almost 20 different nationalities settled down. And mother tongue of every child is different but still talking to child at home experts say that you should talk to him in your own mother tongue.
    In fact scientist have found that education in mother tongue is most effective way to express. Germany, Italy, France, Korea, Japan teach in their mother tongue, so mr Vij are these backward countries?

  71. I guess my earlier comments were not up to par. Here is my second attempt to rebut this article. English unto itself is neither a sign nor a means to education. Education in a multi lingual country should be available in a language that the individual is comfortable in. Most of these urban elite give anecdotal stories to convince you that all of India sprechens Englais. They do not. I can provide you with enough anecdotes that tell you otherwise. People with First Class Distinction that cannot get a job because they cannot speak English. Why should you require one to learn in English and Speak in English. You are the liberal folk right? You are the Sub-Altern folk are you not? You should be the ones standing for the right to learn in my mother tongue. The reason why People want their kids to learn English is not out of love for the language. It is seen as a language of opportunity. This sense is created by Journalists and Opinion writers such as Mr. Vij. I am not sure what qualifies Mr. Vij to conclude and use a really HARSH wording as the title of this article. This is typical of the English Educated Elite. The triple E’s as I call them.

    Does Vij think that Chinese, South Koreans, French, Japanese learn in English? Are they more developed than us? Surely making a cell phone does not require English Education. Surely Ship Building does not require it, Aircraft industry does not. I am not sure why the Indian Elite buries its head in the sand.

    Maybe educating in the Mother tongue and providing books in native tongue will make it more accessible to folks that do not know how to read/write English. Expressing themselves in a foreign language is not easy.

    MR. VIJ here writes a substandard piece without any evidence to the fact that some how English Education will liberate our population out of Poverty. Good education would, good teachers would. Language and medium of instruction does not dictate either of those.

    I am an Engineer, none of my teachers were good. It did not matter what medium they instructed us in. It would have been nonsense.

  72. The author simply is silly. He doesn’t know the difference between one’s own mother and other women acting as mother even when his mother is alive and taking good care of him. Language is main piller of one’s identity, culture, Tradition. There are thousands of languages spoken, does the author wishes to replace all of them by English. Humans are capable of learning and practically practising more than three languages with ease. It is pinnacle of stupidity on thrusting foreign language even when indians have their own mother languages. Shame on his narrow mindedness

  73. Sir, Pleae note that there is no fanatics of mother tongue, how come you infer like this,? , Mother tongue is the language you learn from your mother’s womb, and learning it properly is a necessity not an obtion. Why Mahatma Gandhi wrote his autobiography in his mother tongue , not in englidh , though he was a brilliant Barrister with superb diction?
    Please note, if one is not competent in mother tongue, he will not learn English properly, please discern.
    What we do in India is an abhorrent thing of fancying foreign language at the cost of mother tongue and leaving the people without properly learning both mother tongue as well English.
    Plesse change your mindset, economic development is not the primacy of life , that too at the cost of not knowing one’s mother tongue, how intriguing,,!!

  74. Have only seen the title of this article which sums it up all. Calling people who has love for their mother tongue as fantasy is absurd and insane. Can someone tell this author, that success stories of china, south korea or for that matter some european who thrives on their mother tongue and yet they are powerful economies.
    Hope editor would prune such articles before bringing to the fore

  75. Yup Japanese/Koreans do spend on English but they don’t fawn over this particular language the way this article does over English.

  76. ATTABOY Shivam Vij ! Well written ! Education in English breaks the class barrier. Irrespective of policy the rich will have access to English education and in the absence of access to it for the underprivileged the class barrier will harden .
    Print is the best thing to happen to Indian media since Prannoy Roy . Keep it up .

    • Hope this gets published. Why in English and why not in local languages? Sorry if this message is long which discusses on Couple of Basics including Education and also if it is wrong to say that India including Kerala or even Gujarat has a Long Way to go. Kerala, yes, has done well with Literacy, Health and Couple More Areas But where are the Industries as well as Jobs especially when Organizations like KSEB as well as from Other Indian Regions do badly where there are Frequent Power Cuts? Hardly Any which is why Kerala’s Unemployment is High where People have to go Outside the State or even Outside the Country like Other Indians to Find Jobs (There are many reasons too for Indians going abroad which includes Better Opportunities for Higher Education, Jobs, Higher Wages and Salaries and so on including Love).

      Reality is KERALA MODEL is 0 and GUJARAT MODEL too is 0 as Gujarat too Fails with Basics of Health, Education, etc though Industry wise, Gujarat maybe doing ok. Kerala’s Main Source of Income (along with Tourism and Agriculture) has been Remittances which now faces Challenges. That’s been Busted as Kerala like the rest of India has been developing in a Haphazard/Chaotic Manner. Many have put their Eggs into Gold and Properties instead of Developing the State like Singapore (Singapore yes is small but let’s take South Korea another Asian Nation that has become Developed without Much Resources and which has High Population Density like Japan – both those nations used Competitive Advantages more than Resources where Singaporean Expats went abroad for working, brought the skills back home and developed their Nation). Gujarat too got busted with the Basics like Health, Education, etc.

      (Also, no denying the fact about Indian Subcontinent including Pakistan and Bangladesh being Invaded and Colonised but so, did South Indian Kingdoms to Sri Lanka, South East Asia including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and so on while North Indian Kingdoms went up to Central Asia – Invasions and Looting though yes, when Britain came to India, they didn’t want to own India like they did with America OR like Portuguese, Spain, Dutch, French wanted to own with Asian Regions as by then, CAPITALISM came up. Also, what about the Corruption and Scandals by Indians, Bangladeshis and Pakistanis from their own Nations? (There’s even a Wikipedia Page, let alone Books and Articles even under Google showing List of Scandals in India since 1947 though could go further back too)) (Worst Scenario – India sits on the WORLD’S BIGGEST ADVANTAGE of World’s Largest Cultural Diversity and yet fight like Small Kids on the Basis of RELIGION, REGION, POLITICS, LINGUISTICS/LANGUAGE, etc instead of using these to its strength as a United Country. Take Architecture of Residences, Churches, Temples, Mosques, etc – What do you get? BEAUTIFUL DESIGNS and more including FUSIONS (Inside too awesome including the MURALS). So, what if many aren’t Originally from India? Are many things Originally from India within India OR for that matter with other Nations too? ALL NATIONS including INDIA GOT THINGS whether Customs, Architecture, Food, Clothing and so on from Each Other. CHINA KNOCKED ITS MULTICULTURAL SCENARIO while SOUTH AMERICAN REGIONS became UNITED with MULTICULTURALISM though like China, India and many others, they too face challenges even though CHILE became a HIGH INCOME NATION. Don’t say USA and UK are the World’s Best Developed Nations when these 2 especially USA is amongst the Developed World’s Leaders for Most Number of Challenges, just like, India is amongst the Developing World’s Leaders for Most Number of Challenges).

      Now, coming back, I agree India has done well with FEW AREAS or even ORGANIZATIONS like RELIANCE even with chaos though instead of India trying to compete with the Rest of the World for A Lot of Things for Now, INDIA just needs to Focus on Fixing Basics 1st which Kerala has done a bit and then can move along, which Kerala has to do (Literacy by the way is not enough for Skills especially in 21st Century where 1 needs Integrated Education and Skills as well as In-depth Research in Integrated Areas of Humanities including Arts and Social Sciences along with Formal Sciences, Natural Sciences and Professional Areas – for SURVIVAL in ANY AREA). If we take China, Taiwan, South Korea, Mexico, Malaysia, Singapore and so on – all these Nations went ahead of India in the Last 40 to 60 Years where they focused on BASICS 1st of Health, Education and so on – HUMAN DEVELOPMENT before they shifted more to MANUFACTURING, SERVICES, etc.

      Take a look at Electricity. India still has Power Cuts. Electricity was the Basics of Late 19th and Early 20th Century which was part of Industrial Revolution 2 and started in 1870s. It’s needed for All Sectors whether EDUCATION, MANUFACTURING, HEALTH, etc and is 1 of the FOUNDATION for 21st Century Technologies where the 100 DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES of 21st CENTURY were put up as a PERIODIC TABLE in 2018 (Can Google it – Periodic Table of Disruptive Technologies).
      The Other FOUNDATION for these 21st Century Technologies where 16 Already Exist and another 33 comes in by 2030 is the TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE which started in the 1760s via Industrial Revolution 1. Awesome to have Metros, Improving Railways and Roadways BUT where are the Footpaths, Bicycle Lanes? The BASIC MODES OF TRANSPORTATION are Walking from Point A to Point B, Cycling from Point A to Point B, Jogging, etc (Take a look at Amsterdam that is part of Netherlands which has more Bicycles than Humans. Netherlands is 1 of the World’s Top Nations for HUMAN DEVELOPMENT and ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT).

      Luckily, India did well with the beginning part of the 3rd Industrial Revolution though Cloud Computing Stage of Industrial Revolution 3, India faces challenges as APPS or SaaS haven’t been enough since PaaS or PLATFORMS took over from early 2000s which includes Facebook by 2005-2006. Take a look at your Smartphones or Tablets – those APP STORES are PLATFORMS where TECHNICAL or ANALYTICAL SKILLS AREN’T ENOUGH as need RELATIONSHIP BUILDING and CREATIVE SKILLS to get 3rd Party Apps on to the Platforms and these come from NOT JUST NATURAL SCIENCE and FORMAL SCIENCE areas but also from HUMANITIES including ARTS and SOCIAL SCIENCES where learn about Psychology, Cross Cultural Management, Neuroscience, Philosophical Thinking etc for Creativity and Relationship Building. Now, if 1 looks at WEBSITES via DESKTOPS and LAPTOPS, many of them are PaaS or Platforms. For example, look at Facebook on Desktop or Laptop BUT NOT VIA Smartphone or Tablet as 1 would be able to see that besides the 3rd Party Game Apps that Facebook has, it also has Productive Apps like Inoreader, Stitcher Radio, etc – apps which 1 can use right within Facebook. In fact, 10 years back, Facebook is the platform that Microsoft replied to Google Docs via Docs app where 1 could create Office Documents including PDFs right within Facebook. Now, the Integration has been less but still quite bit there with Facebook – due to Walled Garden or Closed Ecosystem. Facebook isn’t the Only PaaS or Platform under Laptops or Desktops as Most Websites Today are PaaS or PLATFORMS. Couple of Others are Slack, Salesforce, Amazon AWS, Hootsuite, MS Azure, Google and so many more.

      Another BASIC that needs Improvement but which is Slowly Getting Done which KSEB, Other Governmental Organisations got to get involved like Globally via Utility Bills and which will Hopefully change loads is the ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANLINESS (Look under Google Images for Example on Electricity or Utility Bills from Australia and other Nations where will get how much Electricity Usage is there for each Household with Graphs as well as on the Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Each Household via Electricity via Graphs – LONG WAY FOR KSEB as well as REST OF INDIAN GOVERNMENT ORGANISATIONS to go with UTILITY BILLS) – CLEANLINESS HELPS LOADS WITH TOURISM especially when INDIA has LOADS TO SHOW. PLASTICS has been least of India’s Problems when GARBAGE that’s more than PLASTICS has been all over India’s Land and Water, which again has started after UNLOCK HAPPENED where Yamuna River and Other Areas have become DIRTY (Improving that as well as Safety too, India could challenge THAILAND that Leads India Every Year for TOURISM NUMBERS and is ranked amongst the World’s and Asia’s Best for TOURISM due to BOTH Cultural and Natural Beauty. Philippines too has done well even though its Cultural History got knocked by Spain more than by USA and Japan where the Spanish landed there before the Mughals landed in India – RANKED HIGH WITH ITS BEACHES Globally as well as in Few More Areas though Thailand does best in South East Asia for Tourism).

      In addition, I will add these which are reasons why another BASIC, the Indian Education System including the Higher Education System have a long way to go to be the best even within Asia (The World’s Best Education Systems anyway are South Korea, Singapore, Japan, HK while Finland, Canada, Estonia are also there where as, the Indian one has challenges though when it comes to Higher Education, USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Singapore, China including HK, Japan, Germany, etc are all there where Citations or Research Papers – Quality and Quantity – USA vs China for the Lead though Few Other Nations are there too for it):
      In 21st Century via Online Education whether Primary, Secondary or Higher Education, Many Nations AREN’T READY for Most of the Population while other Nations including India, there are many other issues TOO including the Rich vs Rest Scenario, IN-DEPTH GLOBAL Research including Quality being behind (which isn’t just from WESTERN PERSPECTIVE), Infrastructure including ELECTRICITY Issues, etc.

      Anyway, as an introduction, I am a person who started my Education with the Western one before landing with the Indian Educational System of Kerala State Board, ICSE, CBSE and Bangalore University (Christ College and now Christ deemed to be University) before landing back to the Western one including the University of Sydney (Also, studied at 2 Other Australian Universities).

      Coming back to India, there’s been a lot of the Spoon-feeding from Parents and Teachers to the Kids, Rote Learning System, focusing on 1 book or so for each subject including at Higher Education till at least 10 Years Back. In Developed Countries whether Western or Asian, right from the time Kids are Toddlers, Observational/Research side is put into them. For example, in Finland, kids are allowed to play where they are encouraged to Observe their Surroundings. This Observational/Research skills by having more CURIOSITY including finding things out ONLINE is encouraged more as they grow up in Developed Countries of West which Singapore, South Korea, Japan and others have got on too. Those kids are then encouraged to share that Knowledge in Class via Discussions starting from Primary Education which goes on to Higher Education. So, having just 1 Textbook isn’t Enough as Kids are encouraged to read from Academic Literature (Academic Journal Articles), Books, News Articles or Trends related to Topics studying etc-IN-DEPTH GLOBAL RESEARCH which isn’t just from WESTERN PERSPECTIVE. That’s where Online helps. Plus, Students are tested on Problem Solving, Collaborative sides, etc using VARK Learning. ALL NEEDS ELECTRICITY STILL for it to happen in EDUCATIONAL SECTOR TOO.

      Also, reading in Physical World is different from Online 1 where ELECTRICITY IS NEEDED. Online World,1 would do SKIMMING of article 1st and relate keywords, main topic side and important content to other Articles, books, videos, etc where 1 would then read and watch the full book, article, video, etc. Physical 1, 1 would just read the full book and they may not read other Books or Articles or watch videos that are related to it.

      Writing for the Web: Creating Compelling Web Content Using Words, Pictures and Sound is a Good Book to show how Digital differs from Physical including how to get the Attention side when Digital is DISTRACTIVE (Kindle without the Internet OR Distraction-Free Features on a Laptop including Disabling Notifications while Reading or Typing on a Laptop or Desktop helps). In fact, Technology used with EDUCATION SECTOR too has gone over to AR/MR/VR, AI, etc.

      Additionally, Integrated Education is also another aspect that Modern India has been behind with Higher Education, etc which has been needed for 21st Century Survival though during Previous Centuries, it has been used for doing well too. It’s nice that area has been catching up in India. My sister, for example, when she studied at a US Top 20 University, WUSTL, though her Major was Finance, she was Encouraged to take subjects from Arts and Science Schools and not just from the Business School. Even ones, that do just Finance or Accounting or MIS Majors within Business School are taught Basic Strategic Management Theories within those subjects like Porter’s 5 Forces, Gap Analysis, Competitive Advantage, Blue vs Red Ocean Strategy, Differentiation Strategy, etc which helps to understand Business area better even in the real world as Accounting and Finance too are linked to Strategic Management – like what is taught at University of Sydney.

      Finally, coming back to India’s case, Electric Power Infrastructure with Frequent Power Cuts as well as Power Fluctuations, Per Capita Income or rather Affordability (High Levels of Income and Wealth Inequality), Internet Speeds and Prices are few of the Issues for Online 21st Century Education along with Communicative side where it is easier to understand in local Languages in general. Online and Integrated Education with Global In-depth Research being sort of new in India will take time but Basics of Curiosity including via Encouragement of Researching and Finding Out on Own, Quality Learning via Collaborative Discussions and more, Communication need to be there no matter the medium if STUDENTS NEED TO LEARN.

      So, India, whether Kerala or Gujarat or whichever state or territory, has Some Way to go if want to catch up with the Best Globally (Not Just in Asia) where it is BETTER TO GO FOR BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY OF DISRUPTIVE INNOVATIONS than RED OCEAN STRATEGY OF COMPETITION.

      Kind Regards,

      Lover of India too
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      PS I’m interested in seeing INDIA improving and growing. Reality is INDIA including KERALA, GUJARAT, etc have a LONG WAY to go within 21st Century as CAN’T COMPARE the Country even to ASIA’s or WORLD’S BEST which isn’t USA or UK in any case – for HUMAN and ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. Though, what I would like to see, is, INDIA grow with the BIGGEST ADVANTAGE of CULTURAL DIVERSITY as a UNITED COUNTRY (I love the Diverse and Mixed Architecture, Food, Customs, Engineering, Art and so on of India as well as from Other Nations. Love to see it all including for Future Generations instead of Being Knocked where these would help India Grow whether for Creativity, Disruptive Innovations and so on via BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY instead of RED OCEAN STRATEGY of Competition).

    • Well said. But it takes another 200 years of most of the indians to understand this quality of writing. We do not want reason – the only thing that should resonate is WE WE WE WE ….existential nostalgia.

    • France Korea or China etc they have science written in their original languages! Science means not ancient boasting, I am talking about proven science. They need not worry about english

  77. I completely disagree with authors thought about looking at English language as solution to every problem. Yes I do agree that English is important. Knowing your own language and several others is a good thing. If someone speaks with a accent it means that they know other languages and are aware of other cultures too.

  78. Stop Spreading Mis Information, get out of your urban Bubble and smell what the rest of India Speaks. None of your leaders speak English. Where do you come from? Wiped your as in the Thames? Do not give a one off anecdotal evidence that you would not yourself admit as evidence of a larger trend. You kidding me? Education should be available in the Language I feel comfortable in, not in a language you claim we all should sprechen and learn….

    You think progress is linked to English Education? Korean’s do not, Israeli’s do not, Japanese Do not, French Do not, German’s Do not, Russians Do not…. Chinese Do not… YET they write more Journal Publications than we do…… It is a Nehruvian colonial Mindset that we have to suck it up and learn to Sprechen English… Please make a better case.

    WE BOUGHT FRENCH AIRCRAFT…. THEY ARE NOT A BACKWARD COUNTRY… WHAT ARE YOU THINKING MAN?

    This is the most MORONIC article I have read on PRINT.. STOP SPREADING MISINFORMATION… WHAT U NEED IS GOOD EDUCATION AND GOOD TEACHERS… STOP THIS NONSENSE…. STOP BRANDING PEOPLE THAT ASK FOR MOTHER TONGUE AS THE ONES KEEPING INDIA BACKWARD by SPECIOUS ARGUMENTS THAT DO NOT HOLD WATER….

  79. Shivam Vij is a man for all seasons. He has an opinion on everything under the sun. A child which studies in English medium has to face two fold struggle – one, with the clumsy English language and its grammatical and spelling absurdities; two, subject itself. A child which studies in the mother tongue or local language has one struggle less. I recall my struggle with language and subject during my high school days when I was pushed into English medium for the first time for keeping up with the Joneses! It would have been better had India been ruled by the French instead of the British. At least we would have learnt a more consistent and elegant language.

  80. The writer has been phenomenal on advocating the teaching and preaching of the use of English Language. Around the World there are countries who teach in their regional language and they have most P.hd scholars and patent holders. There are studies suggesting that if you think in your native language your brain process faster but not when you think in English.

  81. “The mother tongue fanatics are keeping India a poor, backward country” no wonder our country is still developing when we have some “Press” ( I think so ) who go around writing this. If mother tongue or my language teaching is not that good, why do you think Japan has it? Why do you think all the developed countries have it?

  82. Good articleto learn a lession those who are opposing introduction of english medium from primary level in Andhra Pradesh.

  83. English FANATICS are keeping India’s children away from realizing their full potential as it’s a requirement to perpetuate English rule in India through Brown Slaves of English.

  84. with the new education policy, india will become land of morons.The centre appears to be completely clueless and visonless as to the future of India.Instead of a totalitarian regime with dictator like attitude Narender Modi should have taken experts opinion like Amartya sen and Abhijit Bannerji before bringing in a fatal flawed education policy.Amartya sen is on record of having told indian goverment that the answer to remove poverty and unemployment in india is mass literacy.

    • Lieteracy in any language not English….. English is a legacy of a colonial Mindset… Most of the mathematics I learnt was taught to me in Kannada. Most of the science I learnt was taught to me in Kannada….. Most of the geometry I learnt was taught in Tamil by my Grand father. To claim that you need English to be taught is the most moronic argument I have heard. Clearly you have not given it much thought.

  85. “Shoe I am “you STUPIDO. Our biggest achievements are keeping population huge and poverty extreme. I want my 2 fifty year babies to be supported by ” rent a journalist ” like you to come back to power and implement our corruption and poverty politics . MAMMAMIA!!!!!

  86. this is completely irrelevant. How on earth can you relate knowing one language with people being backward. Its just a language which anyone can learn at any point of time like any other art, language or skill. Actually narrow opinions as this is actually keeping India backward.

  87. This is article is a piece of shit, this guy has no knowledge about how developed countries teach their kids and get nobel in science, innovations.

  88. China Japan and many other countries have made great progress without English.It is silly to say that without English you would be backward .

  89. Earlier I only had doubt but now I am certain he has very low IQ. Mother tongue is given utmost importance by linguist all over the world.

  90. A non-sense article. The man thinks he is very intelligent and others especially who did learn English at primary school are fools. Enough of your dramas. It is over. The education policy does not stop anybody from learning English. But little later . That’s all.

  91. 100% correct. Most of the good teachers in India teach in English medium schools all over the country. From where is the govt going to produce good vernacular speaking Science, Geography, Maths teachers? If a child opts for say Tamil medium education in Maharashtra then how is Maharashtra going to arrange for Tamil teachers in Maths or Science? If the same child is forced to learn these subjects in Marathi and the parents are forced to move back to TN (plenty of families were forced to move during current pandemic induced job loss) how is this child going to cope in TN when he has received all his instruction in Marathi? This is another policy which is going to induce chaos – like demonetization or botched GST or Covid lockdown. It is a surgical strike by Modi sarkar on our children’s and nation’s future. These people cannot be nationalists – they are only playing with Hindu sentiments to carry out their own twisted agenda.

    • Sad is it not? If you must know, there is a free set of lectures for K-12 in the US called Khan Academy. You know what they are trying to do? Translate it to other languages, making it accessible to non English Speakers. The world works the other way around. In fact this should provide avenue of employment for people speaking native tongue. We need teachers in more languages. Good for us. The economics of this works very differently.

  92. I accept your opinion on this. But countries having such a deep and diverse culture across ages, we ought to look towards a balance between the mother tongue language and regional ones to the one the thats accepted all over the globe. English would never sideline because still now this date, English speaking is seen as a privilege. But for better understanding , india still thrives on it’s regional languages. Every country has it’s own way . In case like india, in the situation in which we are right now, i think what we need is more understanding of the basics and only then other learnings would be fruitful. And better understanding do comes with a language you are more familiar and comfortable with. And that’s only how we can build human resources.

  93. First inform this to mother tongue fanatics of Tamil nadu congress,DMK,TMC in Bengal & communists in Kerala.Not alliwing Hindi is fine for you but not English.That itself shows the agenda of how much the author has hate against Prime Minister.It is the hate against OBC sections who are rising in the politics of india.

  94. BRILLIANT ONE. Yes, the mother tongue fanatics are there everywhere. They, achieve nothing but suppress the aspirants by their egos. ENGLISH LANGUAGE IS A MUST. I am a strong advocate of giving ENGLISH LANGUAGE EDUCATION TO ALL INDIANS.

  95. !! Asatyam Shivam Sadaa Sandesham !!

    Yes, atleast that way you will understand the cusswords the whole country uses against you.
    🙂

  96. Sarkar Patel vidyalaya in Delhi instructs in Hindi upto class VI. Last I heard, most SPV alumni have excellent command over English. You clearly haven’t heard of Assam Jatiya Vidyalayas where the medium of instruction is Assamese with due importance given to English. I have met students from these schools speaking and writing impeccable English. I really fail to understand how studying in mother tongue ‘wherever pissible’ upto class V or to the age of 9 can be a handicap.

  97. Even with doubts about having s foreign language as medium of instruction how to reconcile this with poor quality english skills of school teachers

  98. Wrong. It is the English language fanatics who have kept India poor and backward. Along with an imported ideology known as Socialism/Marxism/Communism India’s imported language has ensured that a vast majority of Indians are kept away from knowledge and education. No wonder India ranks at the bottom of every index of Human development. Thanks to this English obsession Indians have confused knowledge with a language. In the process neglecting the development of local homegrown genius by failing to create knowledge in local languages. No rich developed country communicates in a foreign language be it Germany, U.S.A., U.K., Japan,S. Korea, Russia, Scandinavia, Switzerland and even China. Israel has even brought back Hebrew. 70+ years of English education in India that has produced only copycats, glorified clerks called IAS officers,call centre employees and dehumanising poverty should now be laid to rest. After all even the best of our English language institutes have failed to produce a single new idea, invention or discovery in 70 odd years. Then be it in social sciences, mathematical sciences, medicine, engineering, management or any other field no Indian institute ranks anywhere near the best in the world.

  99. I welcome the decision of teaching in mother tongue… that being said there are many down sides to forcing it.
    1) India is not equipped to teach the kids in their mother tongue… Let me explain… take Mumbai… it hosts people from all corners of the country… their kids go to schools in Mumbai… My doubt is how a School is going to teach the kids from various backgrounds in their mother tongue … most probably they will force the kids into Marathi or Hindy
    2) There are hundreads of languages in India which don’t have script, how we are aiming to teach their kids in thier mother tongue.
    3)Unarguably no Indian language can have the vast amount the knowledge that is available in English
    I guess the choice should be left to the parents, who act at the best interest of their own kids

  100. Hi
    The abv article leaves a lot to be desired . I am fluent speaker of French and Italian

    Yes I have 3 language formula in my mind : Tamil (mother Tongue ) and Hindi and English.
    Do You know a country /a society is known by one factor :that is language .
    Ask a French or an Italian ,German : which language :he did for the first 15 year s:It is but French and Italian. of Course German

    Language and /or Religion give cultural identity :
    Look at China :Chinese language speakers and then you have a moat of external boundaries of :Non Chinese speakers.

    The other point: which is English would do away with multi language approach we have . A kind Mcdonlized ,one size fits all desi speaking in One language . this would not hurt the present generation but the future generation. As the Brain in 3 language version needs the dexterity ,.A factor seen in the USA and UK . Not to speak of France ,Italy ,SPain,. Exceptions: The Nederlands ,Belgium , Scandinavian and Germany. The fact :Germany insists upon learning German language in the UG /PG level/.
    and Lastly on a personal note : I speak 6 languages and that was one of the reason ,it saved in my my stroke accident .

    • Lol ..it is kids like you that struggle the most in college ..most of my North Indian friends though technically brilliant failed to get a single placement cause their English skills were just too bad and all had heavy mother tongue influence on their diction. It is for this very reason that cbse and icse students cruise through college cause their medium of instruction was English and (the tough syllabus ofcourse) and all our Indian Nobel prize winners wrote their treatise in English and almost all our software industry and our NRI professionals were able to advance in their careers cause of their proficiency in the English language. If Modi has his way, all of ours will be left selling tea in the streets and abroad. And the developed countries all of you speak
      of, have just a single language in the entire country whereas we have hundreds of languages as our mother tongue and don’t depend on remittances and software exports and bpos as much as we do. This going to be demonetization and country shutdown all over again surgically striking the entire countries economy. Why does this Modi government keep doing blunder after blunder and nobody even having the guts to call them out !!

  101. I am not sure that I agree with the viewpoint expressed here.English medium schools have become the rage among the weaker sections of society.The child from such families dreads going to school and remains confused and dazed in the classroom.It makes a lot of sense to teach them through their mother tongue so that their basic concepts in Maths, Science and Social Studies are clear.We also need good English teachers in vernacular medium schools.In fact a child who is good in his own mother tongue picks up anothe rlanguage pretty fast.Another important fallout of so many English medium schools is that the students know neither English well nor do they read or write their own mother tongue.In this bargain they miss out on the rich literatire of their own language. It is near impossible to get young men and women who write grammatically correct English.We have to do away with the apartheid we have created amongst school children.

  102. What a terrible, terrible price India’s young and especially poor children will pay for this monumental folly. It breaks my heart.

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