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Fluent Azhagiri puts to rest doubts about English skills – India – The Times of India


As brother Stalin and mother Dayalu Ammal looked on, DMK’s M K Azhagiri took oath of office in English. It sounded neither halting nor practised. And with it, the first myth of post-poll bargaining — of Congress’s apprehension over Azhagiri’s lack of fluency in English — lay well and truly busted. (via Fluent Azhagiri puts to rest doubts about English skills – India – The Times of India).

English language media in India is still in its colonial haze – and to see such decadent, colonial ideas, 60 years after the British were thrown out, boggles my imagination. To approve of a politician, because he has English-language skills, is much like the endorsement of Obama because of the colour of his skin!

I don’t know which is worse!

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  1. galeo rhinus
    May 31, 2009 at 4:40 am

    the analogy between obama and this situation is meaningless…

    from a progressivist perspective – the obama equivalent in India would have been Mayawati becoming a prime-minister…

    ..however – approving a politician for showing “acceptable” foreign language skill is a phenomenon you will never see in any nation with a backbone.

    The elite Indian ranks “high” – up there with all the south-american countries…

  2. June 8, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    While being fluent in English is no criteria for being a good politician, it surely doesnt apply to Azhagiri. He was born with silver spoon and most of his life he has behaved like a spoilt kid. He has now gone one step ahead and become a full fledged goon.
    Media despises him for his actions. A person of such character cannot be painted as a hero. He is a villian and should be potrayed as one.

  3. June 8, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    The point on this post is the media – and not Azhagiri.

    Indian media is so besotted with English speaking, that they cannot see the person or his ideas, beyond the English.

    Indians are a forgiving lot – and demonization is not a Indian forte. So. Azhagiri will get a long rope.

  1. June 15, 2009 at 1:23 pm
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