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India starts investing in Indian languages? – The Economic Times


On the ground, classical language status has meant substantial funds and awards. The solution to such vexed claims and counterclaims may rest in the central government giving up its partisan patronage of Sanskrit and Hindi, and providing the wherewithal for all languages. What languages are classical or not is best left to the scholars. (via Is classical language status meaningless?- Et Debate-Opinion-The Economic Times).

After 60 years …

It has taken India 60 years to start with some small investments in Indian languages.

The Indian education system excludes a vast majority of Indians from the higher education system – which is predominantly in English. This puts a premium on English – and discounts Indian languages in the educational sweepstakes. The disadvantaged students who have studied in Indian languages ensure that their children get the ‘advantage’ of English education.

The negative effect this on Indian self esteem is not even a point of discussion here.

The principle of exclusion (a colonial idea), is a dominant marker of the entire Indian education system – rather than inclusion. British (and before that, Islamic rulers’) colonial-imperial practices supported foreign languages on the backs of the Indian taxpayers’ contribution – and actively worked on destruction of local cultures.

So, why does contemporary India persist with this policy.

Because all the high and mighty, finally want their children to ‘escape to the West’, with a good education from India – at the cost of India’s poor. This vested interest makes this policy go around.

And a lot of propaganda.

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  1. Dsylexic
    January 9, 2009 at 7:54 am

    what should be the language of the govt in your opinion?. assuming all languages get their due,should hindi be more equal than others?.

  2. January 9, 2009 at 8:30 am

    The concept that we need One God, One Book, One Holy Day, One Prophet (Messiah), One Set of Festivals, One Race, One People, One Country, One Authority leading to One Law, One Currency is a fallacious syllogism. Once you accept One, you will accept all others. This One Language logic is similar, and obviously false.

    Governments, (and businesses) will need to transact in multiple Indian languages. They can start with a threshhold – languages with more than 5 (or 25) crore users to start with.

    Why should Hindi be more important or prominent than others?

  3. Dsylexic
    January 9, 2009 at 11:09 am

    i see this exercise of getting the govt to use multiple languages as nothing more than a chance to increase the size of governments. far better to downsize the central govt to a minimum so that it normal citizens dont even need to interact with it. state govts and local govts can ofcourse use local languages.

  4. January 14, 2009 at 7:03 am

    May be you can see it differently …

    A multi language atmosphere will increase Indian GDP substantially that the temporary increase in the size of Govt. will be more than offset by the growth in GDP. So, overall the size of the Govt. will decrease in relation to GDP.

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