"Languages - Make Us Strangers In Our Own Country?"

Languages - Make us Strangers in our Own Country!

by Maj P. Tuhinikar Choudary (Retd) (Mob: +91 98480 47477)

Chairman - Institute for Democratic & Economic Affairz (IDEAz)
www.ideaz4india.com

Summary:

Language is for communication both Nationally and Globally and enough importance must be given to the Mother tongue / Local language and also to develop our ancient language Sanskrit. Especially today as the world is recognizing the importance of Sanskrit and is seeking to learn it.

The three languages formula has not worked out well because;

  1. People insist on favouring their Mother Tongue and script
  2. They do not want to learn an additional script as they see it as a disadvantage and as discriminatory, when compared to people for whom that script is of their Mother tongue.
  3. Also there is a great demand to continue with English, the language of our Constitution, as it gives us an advantage even Globally.

We need to have a more practical and widely acceptable Language Policy.

Highlights:

  • Language is for communication, both Globally and Nationally.
  • In a Country like India, with so many languages, parochial insistence on one language over the other defeats the purpose of Nation-wide communication.
  • Rational, open minded approach will show the way.

Quotations for consideration:

  • “Language is for easy and proper communication and not for proving one’s erudition or for snobbery.” - Anon
  • “A common language is the most obvious binding element in any society.” - Michael Howard.

Objective:

To encourage a common language that allows for better National Integration and another for ease of Global Communication, both with a common script and to also encourage the local language with its phonetic script that can also be used for Sanskrit as our National language.

Key Concepts:

  • English, the language of our Constitution, deserves to be recognized as our Nation’s Official language, with its script (Roman) also used for our Working language (Hindustani).
  • The Local language / Mother tongue must be encouraged and its phonetic script also be used for Sanskrit, which for historic and knowledge reasons needs to be recognized and established as our National language.
  • If our ancestors had insisted only on their ‘Mother Tongue’, then we should all have been speaking ONLY in PRAKRIT or PALI or such other ancient vernacular language. If they had sought the advantage of better communicability over purity of traditional language or mother tongue, then perhaps we too today, should strive for better communicability for each of us all across our country and globally, even as we seek to encourage knowledge and use of each of our ‘Mother Tongues’.
  • Learning a language is not a difficult process provided it is taken up systematically and in a manner appropriate to the age of the learner. Learning by speaking and play in childhood is the best way.
  • Some decades ago, when AT & T was the only telecom giant in the USA, it carried out a study to determine how large a vocabulary was required to be able to communicate well in English. A study

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Comments

It was an excellent eye opener for the improvements of the syllabus for the students in the country. We thoroughly enjoyed the orientation seminar given by you on various subjects.

Dear Jasper, Thanks for your comments. I enjoyed the interaction too and look forward to receiving the suggestions from all of you on what to include in the syllabus at various levels, to enable the student to function well in the social milieu of today. Best wishes... P.T.

Whether we like it or not, English or Inglish is emerging as the common Indian language and as the medium of modern Indian literature.Hindustani of the Army type is best suited for all military and paramilitary organizations. What is most importantm, however, is that every child shall have a right to learn its own language irrespective of the place of residence. Otherwise, it would be a stranger to its own cultural milieu

Thank You Sir for your comments. The only reason I have recommended a common script based on the 'Inglish' alphabet is that it would make it easier and more practical across all languages and for future career options both with in the Country and globally. If the official language is Hindustani instead of pure Hindi again it would make communication easier. None of this, in any way, precludes the learning of any particular language with its original script as may be desired by the parents of a child, as I still recommend a three language formula for education. In the old days Sanskrit as a spoken language was common but it was written in the script of the writer which could be any of the languages of India as they were all phonetic languages. Here I suggest that the script be common while the spoken languages may be different. I look forward to your comments on the other articles too. Best Wishes... P. T.

Sir, The article is really interesting. And i guess people have started considering 'Inglish' as our common language around. I was surprised to hear that china will have maximum English speaking population around the world by 2014 as they have understood the fact that their own language distinguishes them from rest of all countries. So the basic concept of the communication is that the common language has to be made "compulsory" rather than "option" around the country which will make us to come more closer to each other and form a stronger country.

Dear Gyan, Thanks for your review.More people should become aware of the advantages of better communications that arise from a common script and language even if it is a second language to the Mother tongue.P.T.

Tuhin I saw Sanskrit not Hindi is being Taught in English Alphabets (Roman Script). In India we should concentrate on English as compulsory along with mother tongue.Today we are little better than or equal to chinese in USA is due to this English advantage.Surely ENGLISH is gift given by Britishers.Your suggestion of teaching Hindi Should be in Roman script is well taken

Dear Dasari Sir, Thank you for your comments.My sugestion is that all Indian languages should use ONE script - Roman/ Inglish(Indian English - as there are more indians who speak english than the population of the U.K.) alphabet duly incorporating diacritical signs as deemed necessary( see Turkish). This will not only make it easy for people from other parts of the Country but also the World, to follow key sign-Boards etc. Teaching of local script, where it exists, could be taken up in special linguistic classes at a higher class. Best Wishes..Tuhin
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