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English may be politically superior language but not technically superior language ?

What does domination of English language mean? 


English may be politically superior language but not technically superior language
(by Aniket)



India is a country of diverse languages. According to language census of India, more than 19,500 languages or dialects are spoken in India as mother tongues. The most spoken languages in India are Hindi(422m), Bengali(83m), Telegu(75m), Marathi(71m), Tamil(60m), Urdu(51m), Guajarati(46m), and Punjabi(29m)






Languages in India are diversified according to their origin or geographical locations. It has the huge impact on the cultural aspects of country since time immortal. People in India sometimes represented and identified according to their language. Even Indian states are divided on the basis of language. Here every state has different language spoken by majority. And not only that, there are also sub classification of a language. 

For example; the state of Haryana has the Haryanvi dialect (or bolli) and within that every district has different Haryanvi dialects which are very different in terminologies and accent. Each language in India has its religious and cultural background which makes it unique in its own way. 

Despite of having many oldest and superior languages of the mankind such as Sanskrit and Tamil we are dominated by English language in almost every aspect of life. India’s education and administration system is completely depended on the English as official language. Most people justify it in the name of globalization and hence see it as a prerequisite for development. 

Another such argument is that, it is the language spoken by most of the technically advanced countries. But the fact is that, neither it is official language of most advanced countries nor it ascertains our future development. 


These are just the phrases used to commercialize English language. The fact is that the 20 richest countries (including Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, etc) in per capita GDP have their official languages as their mass languages and not English. Moreover, the 20 poorest countries (including Burundi, Niger, Uganda, Rwanda, etc) of the world in per capita GDP have not their official languages as their mass languages but other languages such as English and French. 

As far as India is concerned, its most adversely hit sector is education sector as English is the official language of India which dominates its education system. Students in India are forced to learn the syllabus curriculum in English. They don’t do it out of love for the language. It causes stress among them and this fall them in the inferiority complex about their inefficiency to learn things, because it is natural to take more time to learn everything in every other language than their mother tongue. 

English is prevalent only in those countries which remained under the British rule. India was under the British rule for the long time, as a result of which the stigma of English language had been disposed off to the minds of Indians which stimulates them to consider English as the superior language. Unfortunately, even today in India any person cannot become successful (at least in academics) without knowing the English language. It is the harsh reality and cannot be denied. It is the result of the domination of the political superpowers of the world. English may be the superior language but only for those from where and for those it was created. 

India has its own well developed language system which is technically far superior than most of the languages of the world. For India, English may be politically superior language but not technically superior language. Many ancient Indian spiritual and scientific teachings even cannot be explained at all with the use of English words only. The terminology in every language is derived from the cultural aspects from which it originates with respect to its geographical locations. Adopting such terminologies which only created for use in specific cultural habits does not necessarily mean that it will sync to all the cultures of the world and especially to well establish diverse cultures like India. Going towards such pseudo development and stereotyping of examine young minds to evaluate and consider them by their ability to know English language will only create chaos. It is also injustice to the real talent. As I.Q has nothing to do with the language priority still the stereotyping is prevalent in the India to judge an individual by his/her ability to know English. 

Despite of have such superior languages, is it intelligent to make English as common language of India? 

Even if the idea of prevailing English as the common language of Indians will successful it will still be the follower of English economies which cannot be considered as the sense of pride and oneness. 

1) Considering the multiple aspects, should English as a language has to be made the integral part of India forever? 
2) Is there any need to rethink on its language policy? 
3) If yes, what should be the way forward? 





Aniket 
B.tech (DT), LUVAS 
Views are personal 

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