Last night I was watching a TV program 'Education in India' in NDTV profit, where a set of educationalists (in my words arm-chair-activists) were talking about the current education system and the discussion turned to giving education in regional languages. Somehow everyone was glorifying the need of English language and telling there is not much need to stress regional languages. When any state government (recently in Karnataka and Maharashtra) tries to 'impose' a regional language, people start protesting as if they were born with English language. Frankly speaking I am not able to understand the reason behind simply 'aping' the west by embracing English big time.
Speaking from my personal experience, I learned all my education in Tamil till the age of 17 and I was able to understand things much better because it was taught in my 'mother tongue'. But unfortunately for today's parents they derive enormous amount of pleasure and they proudly say 'My son speaks with me only in English and he doesn't even know how to read or write his mother tongue, because it is of no use'. I am not against learning English language but why should we glorify it? Why we can't we try to appreciate strengths of our regional languages?
I got my shock of my life when I got chance to interact with Chinese and Japanese folks. They barely speak good English (whomever I have interacted) and I have seen technical papers written by them with lots of grammar mistakes. Apart from that, ranging from MS windows to mobile phone screen, everything is in their language. My simple question is 'What did they loose by not knowing English? Didn't they demonstrate to the world their excellence in automobile and electronic fields?' . One of my friend was doing his PhD in a French university and he told me that they translate the latest books and journals to French.
As again saying, I am not against learning English. In fact I am writing this blog in English and in my workplace I use English most of the times. Today India is having competitive edge because of its large English speaking population. What I hate is the 'duality' of some people by using some strange accents and showing-off their 'pseudo superiority' of knowing English language.