Forwarded message from "Mohan Sevak"

( From: "Mohan Sevak"
( Date: Fri, 25 June 2004
Once England was a colony of Romans. English was
considered a language of uneducated people and it was also underdeveloped language. By the efforts of British people English is a sort of world language. If an
underdeveloped English language can become world
language, then Hindi definitely can become a prominent language in the world if Bharatiya media people make efforts and contribute in developing and spreading Hindi. Hindi must be spread not only in Boli form, but in written form in Devnagri script as well.
Bharat got the political independence from Britain 57 years ago, but it is still to get independence from English language and western culture. English has still got the dominant position above all other Bharatiya languages in Bharat even after 57 years of Independence. Shall English stay the dominant language of Bharat forever or a time will come when Bharatiya languages will get their due place? If at all such a time will come, then when it could be?
The continuance of English ensures our helplessness in the political and cultural spheres; an enormous amount of brain drain through this source is going out of the country every year. It has besides dried up the springs of our national self -respect, integrity and pride and made us mongrel breeds aping an assortment of alien modes and ideas, which don't kill but sterilise permanently. With the incubus of English in all its evident and insidious ways, we give a guarantee to the world that we shall never reach a level above efficient secretaries to carry out orders and never to formulate the inspiration behind them.
Already English has started destroying Bharatiya
languages. Many difficult English and Urdu words have intruded in Hindi and other Bharatiya languages. English and Urdu has polluted Hindi to a great extent and
destroyed its shape.
Bharatiya masses of slavish mentality consider English as a superior language and have much attachment for this language. The congress workers and its followers have painted Jawahar Lal Nehru as " Jewel of India", but all the studies and analysis have proved that Nehru was a curse for Bharat. He did not solve any problem for Bharat in his life time but left many problems unsolved or in complicated position like Kashmir problem, Language problem to be solved by the coming generation. By his inability and wrong decision he has made Bharat slave of English language for eternity.
Most Bharatiyas believe that we were given our freedom on a platter by the British, instead of thinking that we wrested it from them by our long drawn out freedom struggle and by sacrificing many lives and suffering untold misery. We have belittled the sacrifices of Bhagat Singh Azad, Veer Savarkar, Netaji Subash Chander Bose and millions other. If Bharat has won independence by the non-violence methods of Mahatma Gandhi, then why the success of this method has not been repeated anywhere else in the world. No other country has won freedom by non-violence methods in the world. Mahatma Gandhi, Jawahar Lal Nehru, congress party has stolen the credit of the sacrifices of other people who laid down their lives for the independence of Bharat.
The worst affect of colonial domination is the residual mental mode of dependency inherited by majority of the pre- and post - independence generations. Bharat cannot be saved by part-time Bharatiyas who have their minds and hearts elsewhere or casual interest of power to be reckoned with. Most of us have become "external
Bharatiyas" hoping and praying that some International body or investor will help us politically and
In countries of the world, except a very few for not very apparent reason, commit themselves, emotionally and intellectually to one's own country. Such persons are held in high esteem in all countries, except Bharat, where they are often belittled. In other countries this commitment is the norm and the exception is ridiculed and even punished. Since Independence, for almost half a century, Bharat under the congress party rule voluntarily accepted, apparently even enjoyed an inferior and non- consequential role in the world. For all practical purposes this has been a period of "extended
colonialism." This phase can better be described as "colonialism under new management". Nobody now takes Bharat or for that matter any Bharatiya seriously in international affairs in spite of the fact that
Bharatiyas do extremely well in academic fields as well as in commercial activity, in all the countries they live and work in. We have demonstrated that, as a nation, we can achieve nothing significant by ourselves for
Our English schools are flourishing wonderfully... The effect on education on the Hindus is prodigious. Not many Hindus who have received English education ever remains sincerely attached to his religion. Some
continue to profess it as a matter of policy and some other embrace Christianity. "It is my belief that, if our plans of education are followed up, there will not be a single idolater among the respectable classes in Bengal, thirty years hence, and this will be affected without any efforts to proselytise; without the smallest interference with religious liberty, by natural operation of knowledge and reflection. I heartily rejoice in this project" - so said T. B. Macaulay in a letter to his father in 1836.
The credit goes to Macaulay that the intellectuals of Hindu society have started looking at themselves with western eyes. They were thus convinced about the
"hopelessness" of Hinduism and everything associated with Hindus became foolish, inferior and reactionary. Even Bharatiya languages have became inferior to English and Urdu, the languages of their past rulers. The self - alienated Hindus are "Brown in skin" but English by taste and temperament. The main aim of starting English language in Bharat was to subvert the Hindu religion and culture. Mr. Macaulay even might not have thought in his wildest dreams that English language would stay in dominant position and as an associate official language for ever even in independent and free Bharat.
After England and North America, south Asia is the world's third most populated English speaking region. Bharat has a population of a billion people and 24 native languages. Hindi is the official language in name only and English is the "associate official" language and in practice is also the official language of Bharat which is spoken fluently by about 90 million Bharatiyas - those of the educated, dominated classes. All Bharatiyas who graduate from school are able to read and write English to some degree.
An Associated Press Report in February 1996 said that in Bharat "English is considered the most important language for national, political and commercial communication. English is seen as the gateway to a good career and social status...Competition for college positions and jobs is intense and the private schools all teach in English.
The Associated Press report further said that
nationalist’s rail against English during election campaigns "and condemn public officials who often use it during public appearances. Some politicians respond by condemning English in public then quietly sending their children to schools that teach English."
Bharat is making a very big contribution in making English as the International language. If Bharatiyas stop using English language, probably English would lose its status as the International language. Bharatiya children are not beasts of burden. In Bharat learning of English and other languages take away between 35% to 45% of a student's time at the high school stage. This can only mean less attention is paid to more important subjects. While more time is devoted to learn English and other languages in Bharat - which is only a vehicle of knowledge - we devote correspondingly less time to learn knowledge proper e.g. mathematics and science etc.
It is possible and necessary to reduce the student's language load and at the same time promote education and national integration. First and foremost remove the English language from the status of Associate official language of Bharat. Students should be asked to learn any two and only two languages in the Eighth Schedule; one of these will inevitably be the student’s mother tongue, which he/she should use as his medium of instruction and even up to post-graduate stage.

This will do away with the compulsion of Hindi or of any other language. At the same time such non - Hindi students who are interested in central services or inter - state trading, etc. will naturally opt for Hindi. And Hindi students will have to learn one other Bharatiya language. And that should mean equality of opportunity to all students. English should be stopped from being taught in schools, instead should be taught only in colleges. Government should stop giving grants to institutions that teach English at the school level.
United Nations has six official languages, namely
Mandarin, Spanish, English, Arabic, Russian and French.

According to University of Washington, Seattle mid 1996 report, Hindi is the mother tongue of 348 million people, but is used by 457 million people; even then Hindi is not the official language of United Nations.Mandarin is the native language of 853 million people, but used by 999 million people. English is the mother tongue of 330 million people, but is used by 487 million people. Arabic is the mother tongue of 195 million people but is used by 230 million people. Russian is the mother tongue of 168 million people, but is used by 280 million people. French is the mother tongue of 74 million people, but is used by 126 million people.

In fact, except Chinese and English all other languages used at the United Nations are used and spoken by less number of people than Hindi knowing people, even then Hindi has no status nationally or internationally. Bharat is saturated with English publications. English newspapers are very influential in Bharat. This is all due to the slavish mentality of Bharatiya politicians and Bharatiya population.
English language is destroying the roots of Hindu
religion and culture. Bharatiya government and the elite of Bharatiya masses are not taking such steps where the shame of 1000 years of slavery may be washed away.

By the long dominance of English language in Bharat and those people who benefit from English does not even want to listen to suggestion that Hindi and other regional languages be given prominent place in Bharat. Whenever somebody says that Hindi and other regional languages be given prominent place in Bharat, there is a strong reaction from non-Hindi speaking people. Here is two typical letters from highly qualified persons living in America who think there is no shame in retaining English.
"Please do not start an agitation against the English language. The last time they tried to impose Hindi on the South in 1965, there was a virtual revolt in Tamil Nadu! It was pacified only after the Centre agreed to implement Jawahar Lal Nehru's assurance that English will continue as an associate official language of India AS LONG AS THE NON-HINDI SPEAKING PEOPLE WANT IT THAT WAY. And the non- Hindi speaking people are not going to ask for a change at any time in the near or medium-term future. Please do NOT do anything to destroy the unity and integrity of India which, I am sure you will agree, is more precious than anything else in the world!"
For such people integrity of Bharat can only be
maintained as long as Bharat stays physically or mentally slave nation. These people get glory by using and promoting English all the time and consider themselves that they are highly qualified persons amongst the Bharatiya masses. These people think that by learning Hindi or other regional languages, a person stays only semi-literate. As soon as Bharat talks about getting free from physical and mental slavery, these denationalised, mentally slave or misguided people think that Bharat will break into many pieces.
If you are pro-Hindi, then many people think that you cannot survive in a foreign country. For them for surviving in a foreign country, one must become slave of English. Here is another typical letter from a slavish mentality person, which he wrote to me:"If you are such a lover of Bharat and Hindi language, how can you communicate with other people in foreign countries, how could you survive in foreign country without learning English in Bharat? Do you like to be like frog in a well? Don't you want Bharatiya people communicate with the outside world about their heritage and culture, upgrade themselves and competitive with the rest of the world economically politically and socially? Regrettably we were ruled by the British, but they taught us a common language by which we could communicate ourselves in Bharat with hundreds of diverse languages and with the outside world.

Only 40% of Bharatiyas have Hindi as the mother tongue, so people can communicate with each other and with the outside world using English, and with their mother tongue among themselves. Don't be a hypocrite. Be a citizen of the world, continue your culture in your mother tongue, share your culture with the rest of the world in English."It seems that such slavish mentality persons have got no knowledge of the world or if they have got any knowledge then it is very, very poor knowledge of the world. Japan, Germany, Russia, China, Arabic and some other countries of the world did not become slave of English for their prosperity or for spreading their messages and views in the world and for settling down in the western countries. People from these countries do settle down in western countries.

These countries have not imposed English language on the general masses of their countries just for the benefit of a few handful people so that these people may settle in western countries. But the denationalised and mentally slave Bharatiya people want that English be imposed on the whole country so that it may become easier for a few handful people to settle down in western countries.
These people are of very, very limited knowledge but somehow have succeeded in imposing their denationalised views on the Bharatiya masses due to which Bharat is not able to throw away its mental slavery.
Some people make such absurd arguments for retaining English in Bharat forever and for putting down Hindi all the time, that it seems as if they have no Bharatiya blood in their veins at all. They sound that they are even prepared to invite foreign powers, may be British, Portuguese, Dutch, Muslims or any other nationality to rule Bharat again so that Hindi may not get respectful place in Bharat.
People who plead for retaining English forever in Bharat do not realise that English is in Bharat at the cost of development and spreading of Sanskrit and all other Bharatiya languages. Some non-Hindi speaking people just to keep Hindi down always plead for English and want to keep English in Bharat forever. These people do not realise that with the dominant position of English in Bharat, their own language will not develop and spread as well.
Business community, manufacturing industry, print and information industry, bureaucracy, politicians, people with slavish mentality, some non-Hindi speaking people and the people who benefit from the prevalent use of English have developed so much liking for this symbol of slavery, that the people who want to throw away the symbol of slavery are not allowed to do so by these unworthy and selfish people.
English language is a symbol of slavery. Jawahar Lal Nehru due its foolishness, unintelligence and
unworthiness as a Prime Minister put the symbol of slavery around the neck of Bharatiya masses. Bharat is not a small country. It has got many developed languages of its own. Instead of English, Hindi and all other regional languages be promoted in Bharat. As long English is a dominant language in Bharat, the nation cannot get any respect or glory from the rest of the world. No body can ever get respect by borrowing or stealing anytime in his lifetime. Same thing is with language. English will keep Bharat always a mentally slave country.
Some people see no harm, no shame in retaining English in Bharat. People who have no shame or consciousness, or love and respect for mother land and people who died for the independence of the country, are more interested in earning money at any cost, who are agents of foreign powers or interested in breaking Bharat into several pieces or who want that general masses should stay poor for ever, plead for retaining English in Bharat for ever.
People who use English in any form like for the cast of Hindi films, on the labels of products manufactured in Bharat for the Bharatiya people, on the sign boards or by polluting Hindi by use of English and Urdu words in spoken or written Hindi, are perpetuating English for eternity in Bharat and thus contributing in keeping Bharat mentally slave for ever by retaining the symbol of slavery.
Media, social and cultural organisations have to take some such steps where people should stop considering English as a superior language. Due to such steps the influence of English language should start declining in Bharat and Bharatiya languages might get their due place in Bharat in the new century. Such steps should also break the attachment of Bharatiya masses for English language. There is nothing special about English. Due to the language of administration and medium of instruction, English has got more scientific and technical words. If Hindi becomes the language of administration and also becomes medium of instruction at the university level, then Hindi will also acquire scientific and technical words. English is just another language like Marathi, Gujarati, and Hindi etc. Hindi should also get rid from the corrupting influence of English and Urdu words.

Hindi loving people should make demonstrations outside studios and cinema houses, asking producers that the casts of all Hindi TV programmes and Hindi films must be in Hindi. They should also demonstrate outside some manufacturing companies asking the producers to put at least 50% Hindi on all their labels.
To promote south Bharatiya languages in Hindi speaking areas some steps should be taken for example part of the cast of the southern Bharatiya films be given in Hindi and these films should carry the subtitles in Hindi at the bottom of the screen for such films. Then Hindi- speaking people would also be able to enjoy the southern films in original.
The destiny of a country whose religion, culture and language has been preserved by Providence for over five thousand years of known and verified history and the origin of whose religion and culture, God knows, goes into the subliminal recesses of human history, stored in mankind's unconscious, is marked and chosen by the same Providence to emerge as a beacon light for mankind in the present all encompassing gloom. Naturally Bharat will get back its glory in its religion, culture and language as well. But first Bharatiya people have to throw away all the symbols of slavery and have to become mentally free as well.
Hindi is a developed language and has a vast ocean of its own words. Hindi does not need crutches of Urdu and English.
A task is to develop more software that leverages Hindi and the Devanagari Script (which will be helpful for Sanskrit also). Today, there are few good software packages to type quickly in Hindi and there is no
software application. Some people are aware of to do OCR (optical character recognition) of Devanagari. Their knowledge should be made use of for promotion of Hindi.

TV Hindi media people have a big responsibility to maintain and their proper presentation from Bharatiya point of view. Presenters and programmes must show and reflect that it is a Hindu media channel in every sense of the word and action.
If it is a Hindi programme then it must be in Hindi 100 percent Hindi, or if it is in Gujarati it must be 100 percent in Gujarati and so on.
We all want ornaments in pure gold, we want pure milk, pure butter why not programme in pure languages when our all Hindu languages are capable to express in purity .

The presenters must wear Hindu Poshak and must speak pure Hindi and Hindu languages. Purity of language must be paramount and stop Khichadi language. Today tragedy with Hindus is that they cannot speak in one language and unable to converse in one language let it be anybody from President to Chaparasi, Prime minister to a servant a disgrace on 1000 millions of Hindustanis.
Avoid Urdu and English from your channel.
It is the responsibility of Media people that they should try to make pure Hindi, (free of Urdu and English words) a prominent language of world.
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This Mohan Sevak should be one among the RSS pracharaks who keep themselves distant from reality when it comes to this language issue and the needs of today's economy.
1) Today India's economy is prospering due to IT and business processoutsourcing that have created so many jobs. Hindi wcan not and will not help us here. It is because of our English speaking capability, we are ahead of China and Russia in this respect. Those 2 countries offer the same advantages in terms of cost and pool of intellects but they can not meet the requirement of English.
2) Hindi itself is a derived language. There were only 2 originals inIndia - Sanskrit and Tamil. If at all we need a single language as national language, it has to be one of these. Of these 2, Sanskrit, though a great language is not in use by common man.
3) Hindi can not and will not be accepted in all parts of India. Indiais a diverse country with multiple languages, each having its own rich heritage and literature. Imposing one over the other will not work out. A small country like Singapore which as a total area of 700 Sq. Km has 4 national languages. A small country of Switzerland has 4 national languages. South Africa has 11 national languages. India will never have just one national language as Hindi.
As he often does, obscuring any kind of fact or accuracy with the usual prejudice that poisons his mind...

...quoting another of his kind...

Oh what rot! In Roman days there just would not have been a language that even approximated the English of today. How easily do you think a modern Italian would understand the Latin of his Roman ancestors? probably more easily than the English-speaker of today would understand the languages of that period. It is only a few hundred years since spoken 'English' was split into many, many local dialects, and even people from villages a few miles away from each other had great difficulty in understanding each other. Some of us still have trouble understanding some of the modern regional dialects!

The language of Shakespeare today takes often takes a little thinking to understand. The language of Geoffrey Chaucer is almost incomprehensible to the modern English speaker. The language of Beowulf (1100 AD) is completely foreign to those who have not studied it.

The original reason for English becoming a world language is obvious, and I am not proud of my country's colonial thieving in the past.

The current world language is probably not so much English as American. I have no sympathy with America's desire to rule the world, either.
However, if you wish to remove the desire to learn 'English' from your children then you will have to remove their desire to make their fortunes in America! Heal India first; whilst so many desire emigration above all else, what can you expect?
However, you will then remove India's advantage in eg the IT industry, so perhaps the healing wouldn't be such a good one. But Hey! When it's a matter of prejudice, who cares about what is happening to real people just look at the recent histories of China, Russia etc. Even Japan requires English/American for it's international trade. Where would Sony be if it published all its manuals in Kanji only?

From one prejudice, the writer moves quickly to another. He wants to impose Hindi language (which, according to him, only 40% could it really be that high? of Indian people speak) on the rest of India.

I admit that his thinking is, fractionally, more practical than those who would wish to impose Sanskrit on their neighbors, but he seems to be just as prejudiced against his Southern neighbors. There is no more powerful expression of prejudice than completely ignoring people!

Tamil is not only an ancient language, it is an ancient language that is in daily use around the world. I take Tamil as an example, and, as I understand it (could very well be wrong) the oldest of the Southern languages. I don't mean to be prejudiced, in my turn, against my friends from Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, etc.
Of course, if I was as prejudiced as the author the I would never wear my khaki shorts, or my pajamas in my bungalow etc etc etc. :-)
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I agree with you.
However, Hindi and other national languages need to be developed further for technological progress. There has to be a national plan which will include replacement of English by Sanskrit so that our technical progress can be guaranted. All other languages should be sub-ordinate to Sanskrit which should be the language of intellectuals because the ideas can be communicated unambiguously in Sanskrit.
don't forget the extremely all-important national security aspect of using sanskrit.
mommedans won't come into india as readily; and those who do will have to learn sanskrit which automatically would take the mohamadism (aka terror) out of them. hindi is a tainted (brahsta) language as now obtaining, and, in my view, the northies badly need to reclaim their language and if not they must give up any pretense of it being a national language. i mean, if you are going to claim national stuff, you better show and prove you are capable of it.
I agree with you. However, Hindi and other national languages need to be developed further for technological progress. There has ... be sub-ordinate to Sanskrit which should be the language of intellectuals because the ideas can be communicated unambiguously in Sanskrit.

Until it actually gets used. As soon as you resurrect that Dodo, it will undergo the same processes that happen to every real living language.
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I agree with you. However, Hindi and other national languages ... intellectuals because the ideas can be communicated unambiguously in Sanskrit.

Until it actually gets used. As soon as you resurrect that Dodo, it will undergo the same processes that happen to every real living language.

Sanskrit and Hindi are very much in use.
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Until it actually gets used. As soon as you resurrect that Dodo, it will undergo the same processes that happen to every real living language.

Sanskrit and Hindi are very much in use.

Then Sanskrit, like Hindi, is evolving. And is highly unlikely to be "unambiguous". Not, of course, that anybody other than you is really claiming so. Certainly not the NASA article you used to point to, even if you think that the Sanskrit that's "very much in use" is the academic formalism, very different from the everyday Sanskrit of the day, that Briggs was discussing.

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1) Today India's economy is prospering due to IT and business process outsourcing that have created so many jobs. Hindi ... the same advantages in terms of cost and pool of intellects but they can not meet the requirement of English.[/nq]Rubbish!!! This is one of the most persistent and infuriating myths to still beleaguer our country. The number of jobs created by outsourcing call centers and the like is a tiny percentage of Bharat's overall economy. (And not all the call centers require English speakers knowledge of Japanese, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Portuguese are increasingly important as IT companies sprout up in countries where those languages are spoken.) I simply cannot fathom this English fetish that we in India are still saddled with.

Does knowledge of English somehow make us sleek and beautiful, does it make us rich and powerful? Is it a ticket to wealth and fame? Of course not! There are millions of impoverished, frustrated English-speakers in India and there are many hundreds of millions of well-off in Bharat who speak little to no English at all. There are as many grindingly poor speakers of English as any other language, and obsessing so much with English will do nothing to address the root problems of our economic disparity in Bharat.Like any other specialized skill, English is useful for only a small handful of professions. Our economy does not in any way depend on knowing it; Japan and Germany for example do not have English as their national tongues and yet are still quite rich and powerful. Improving our economy in India, as in anywhere else, will result from better cultivating our native human resources and expanding our markets, not from slavishly aping the language and culture of our former colonial masters.

Considering what the British did to us the artificial famines killing 5 million in Bengal in 1943 and tens of millions more at other times, the Amritsar and other massacres, the gutting of our native industries, the unabated theft and plunder of our natural resources that they undertook at every opportunity we should be disinclined to glorify them when we fought so hard to free of them. The English fetish in India serves only to give a continuing hard-on to Brits (and American yahoos enamored with the global Anglophone fantasy) who haven't accepted that their empire was destroyed by the two world wars and they're now a third-rate power.

You are also far-off base when you say that
It is because of our English speaking capability, we are ahead of China and Russia in this respect. Those 2 countries offer the same advantages in terms of cost and pool of intellects but they can not meet the requirement of English.[/nq]Rubbish once again. By every measure of foreign investment in IT and other areas, the Chinese receive far more than we do in Bharat. English is far overrated in its value for IT. It is needed for a sliver of jobs but IT is now so multinational and globalized that English and the US are far less dominant than before. China is doing well because it does have a large population that is skilled in English from school instruction, but it has its priorities straight it provides the masses of its population with a solid education in their native Chinese dialect.

I disagree with you vehemently when you claim that English has somehow given us an advantage in Bharat that "advantage" is merely a short-term mirage. We would gain far more by providing a solid education to our masses in the languages they actually speak, i.e. Hindi, Tamil, Punjabi, Marathi, Bengali, Telugu, and our other indigenous tongues. We would not only cultivate the skills of our population to a greater extent, we would also spread the wealth more evenly*.The countries that do best economically are the ones that are fiercely proud of their own cultures and languages, not the ones that lick the boots of their former colonial masters. Many people in China and Japan e.g. learn English as a foreign language, but they're clear on it being a *foreign language* and are thus able to make use of it as a marketable skill. They are solid in the use of their own indigenous languages for business and administration and thus they *develop and cultivate their native languages to make them flexible and suitable for official tasks.

We in Bharat will be successful only when we have the confidence to cast off the British shackles and stop pretending that we can consider English to be a neutral link language. It is not neutral it is the language of a colonial power whose shadow continues to hold us down. Furthermore, as an expat in the USA for many years, I can tell you that the Americans are cracking down mightily on outsourcing these days. The party won't last, and we'll need to develop our strengths from within if we are to sustain our economy, rather than continuing to fall for this English fad.
2) Hindi itself is a derived language. There were only 2 originals in India - Sanskrit and Tamil. If at ... to be one of these. Of these 2, Sanskrit, though a great language is not in use by common man.

What?? Almost every modern language is a "derived language." Modern French differs from Old French, modern English differs from the Canterbury Tales, modern Farsi is radically different from that spoken in the 3rd century B.C. Being a derived or "original" language has nothing to do with the language's suitability as an official tongue.
3) Hindi can not and will not be accepted in all parts of India. India is a diverse country with ... has 4 national languages. South Africa has 11 national languages. India will never have just one national language as Hindi.[/nq]I agree with you here, but this is precisely the problem, with so many people trying to impose English as the one dominant national language (or link language which would probably evolve into a dominant language). I've studied the Dravidian languages and I admire them greatly, and this latest English fad is probably the greatest threat to the preservation of Tamil and Telugu in Bharat's history. Using English as a common link language is not the answer, it is a common threat to all the diverse strands of our culture in the Subcontinent.

It is a remnant of the divide-and-rule strategy of the Raj, and it seems to still be working. Perhaps we need to have the states govern themselves autonomously, like the cantons in Switzerland, but I think the best approach is to designate a handful of our regionally dominant indigenous tongues say, Hindi, Punjabi, and Tamil as co-official, while allowing minority languages to flourish in their zones, just as the Swiss do. There will always be some arbitrariness in the choice of an official language, but allowing English to serve as a link and continue to erode our culture is the worst solution of all.
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