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English: Can Indians Do Without It?

English: Can Indians Do Without It?

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Published by GRK Murty
Language is a tool—a tool to communicate, and prosper; prosper socially, psychologically and economically; and ultimately be happy with oneself. Getting down to the brass tacks, language, incidentally, has no race, caste, creed, and religion. Though Greek and Latin were not from Britain, its elite were not considered elite unless they had mastery over these languages; Sir Isaac Newton wrote Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (“Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy”) in Latin.
Language is a tool—a tool to communicate, and prosper; prosper socially, psychologically and economically; and ultimately be happy with oneself. Getting down to the brass tacks, language, incidentally, has no race, caste, creed, and religion. Though Greek and Latin were not from Britain, its elite were not considered elite unless they had mastery over these languages; Sir Isaac Newton wrote Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (“Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy”) in Latin.

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English:Can Indians Do Without It?
GRK Murty
Language is a tool
a tool to communicate, and prosper; prospersocially, psychologically and economically; and ultimately behappy with oneself. Getting down to the brass tacks, language,incidentally, has no race, caste, creed, and religion. Though Greekand Latin were not from Britain, its elite were not considered eliteunless they had mastery over these languages; Sir Isaac Newtonwrote
Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica
 (
Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy
) in Latin.
 
“How beauteous mankind is!” It has developed language for the‘formation and expression of human thoughts and aspirations’. Ithas no ‘mine’ and ‘thine’ shades; it embraces everyone and
outcasts none; nor does it warrant to be outcast
it is only aquestion of knowing or not knowing it.The more languages a man learns, and the more countries hevisits to meet people and experience their cultural moorings,perceptions, and aspirations, the more he becomes a
‘humanist’—
like M N Roy who is said to have learnt 16 languagesand visited some 20 countries.And English is a language
—a “language of international science,commerce and public relations”; a language which India has been
romancing with for quite a number of decades; a language thathas, unlike many Indian languages that have mostly remainedeven to date as languages of mere literature with little or noscientific and technical terminology, by virtue of its travel acrosscontinents become rich in scientific and technical words, hashelped many Indian boys and girls become bright scientists andbusiness leaders on various global platforms; a language, thanksto which, India is today exporting the voice of its girls and boys toearn a few more dollars.
 
English
—today’s
Sanskrit 
has indeed become a link language of India, a nation of bewildering multiplicity of languages, facilitatinga Bengali speak to a Marathi; a Punjabi to a Tamilian; a Gujarathito an Oriya. It is English, as the tool of communication that is
‘binding’ the academic India ‘together’. It is India’s language of ‘international intercourse.’ It continues to remain as the associate
official language of India.It is no exaggeration to say that no person can keep abreast of scientific developments, for that matter modern developments inany walk of life, unless he masters the language in which more
than two thirds of the world’s periodical literature is produced.
And that
lingua franca
of the world is English.China
a country that maintains a growth rate of around 8% even
in today’s econ
omic meltdown across the globe
is envious of ourcompetency in English that catapulted us on to the globalpedestal of computer sciences, and is struggling to catch up withus and also dethrone us from the pedestal by mastering Englishwith singular devotion
teaching English has indeed, become anational mission of China.

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