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‘Without our mother tongue we lose a lot’


Till you change the mindset of the people where one of us is willing to send children to a Hindi medium school, the stigma attached to the language will continue and there’ll be few Hindi readers and writers. I wouldn’t say that the future is dark or bright but there is a need to connect with your mother tongue and it will always be there. With time people will wake up to the fact that without our mother tongue we lose a lot. (via ‘Without our mother tongue we lose a lot’-Interviews-Opinion-The Times of India).

A rare woman who speaks out against the preference for  ‘foreign’ languages. She makes excellent sense, with some sharp observations (especially about Marwaris and Bengalis) – till she talks about language being a mindset problem.

When the State supports English language education with more than Rs.1 lakh crores, sending children to a Hindi /Bengali /Tamil /Marathi medium school is fool hardy. What happens to that child when the time comes for higher education, imparted exclusively in English.

The answer is to cut off funding for English language education by the Indian tax payer.

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  1. galeo rhinus
    March 10, 2009 at 12:26 am

    Exactly right…

    …as you point out – the problem is the government sanction of English…

    English should always remain an option… an option – not something that is implicitly and explicitly forced on people.

  1. May 11, 2009 at 7:23 pm
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