India is celebrating ‘Hindi Week’ this week. However, the actual situation of the national language is being worse and the dominance of English in our education system is going up day by day.
There are only two kinds of deprivation, it seems, in India. The first one is to be born in a caste or tribe that is listed as backward or depressed class defined by the government. The second one is to be born in a poor family.
Madhu Purnima Kishwar has written an article in the editorial page of Indian Express under the headline Deprivation’s real language on this topic.
She writes that the actual reality lies somewhere else. The most necessary thing by which one can get-in into any elite educational institution is the knowledge of the language ‘English’. English is necessary for economic and social advancement in India.
Any person, without knowing English, may be a scholar in Marathi, Hindi or Assamese languages but may not be eligible for any job except peon’s job even in Maharashtra, UP or Assam states.
Caste and money does not matter to get a good job. If the child did not get education in English-medium schools, he will end up at the bottom end of the job market.
No Medical or science and technology journals, no social science journal, no micro and macro level studies of Indian society is published in any of the Indian languages in India.
In India, medical companies usually do not write the names of the medicines in any Indian language. Indian Lawyers draft petitions in English for the people who do not know a word of English.
English, sometimes titled as the global language, does not speak and read by majority of people in India but still it enjoys more importance in India.