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Hindi is not a language of knowledge anymore. Mediocrity has stifled its soul

On Hindi Diwas, let's look at the fall of the language from the authority it commanded not long ago.

Don’t blame only English elite. Indian secularism failed in Hindi heartland first

It cannot be a mere coincidence that the shrinking of the bilingual space has coincided with the surge of the Hindutva project.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

English stands for aspiration, will remain one of two official languages despite NEP

Like Modi govt’s NEP, Kothari Commission in 1966 had also recommended education in the mother tongue. But India is not about to turn its face away from English.

Correct that ‘grammar Nazi’ back: Why these 5 English rules don’t matter one bit

We’re all entitled to our grammatical preferences – but grammar itself does not care about them one bit.
A British Union flag, also known as a Union Jack, flies in front of the clock face on the Elizabeth Tower in London on 28 August

UK Parliament panel hits back at govt for 2014 visa row over English test

A BBC investigation had uncovered evidence of organised cheating in two English language test centres, leading to cancellation of many UK visas, affecting many Indian students.
Representational image | Taylor Weidman/Bloomberg

Manipuris in Mysore Taco Bell: Why English and philosophy are key to India’s jobs crisis

They are central to building a skilled India.
Elementary school students

Haryana wants to ‘befriend’ English, will teach primary students one sentence a day

Since students do not get to listen to English or speak it, they aren’t able to build skills in the language. That’s what the government wants to change. Chandigarh: After thirty-five per cent of its class 10 students failed their English language examination, Haryana has decided to fix the problem by catching them young. Government primary school students are now being taught one English sentence a day, to help them ‘befriend’ the language. The campaign is titled ‘I am not afraid of English’, and teachers in almost 200 primary schools in the state have been trained to ensure that students as young as class 1 are able to understand and speak at least 20 sentences in English every month. A booklet prepared by the National Council of Educational Research & Training (NCERT), containing a thousand English sentences and phrases, will be used by these teachers. “It has 200 sentences each for classes 1...

On Camera

Time to expand America’s footprint in India. A new consulate will be a good start

On the heels of the US and China closing consulates in each other’s country, the symbolism alone would be particularly significant.

Disney slashes 28,000 workers in one of biggest layoffs of Covid era

The belt-tightening move affects Disney's theme-park, cruise-line and retail businesses, and includes executives and salaried employees.

Defence

File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Army says ‘poor quality’ Ordnance Board ammo, mines have cost India Rs 960 crore since 2014

Pointing out these shortcomings in an internal assessment, the Army has thrown its weight behind government plans to corporatise the OFB to make it more efficient.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.