English_Master February 11, 2016 No Comments
IMPORTANCE OF ‘LEARNING ENGLISH’ IN INDIAN CONTEXT India inherited ‘English’ from the British who ruled our country for more than two centuries. After independence, there has been a great deal of argumentation in respect to the position of English in free India. The Orthodox view advocated a complete stoppage of use of English in any form. According to them English language is an embodiment of Western culture and thus the learning or studying English can endanger our own culture and values. “In my considered opinion English education in the manner it has been given to us, has emasculated the English educated Indians, constrained our intellect and rendered us effeminate”—Mahatma Gandhi It is a bitter fact, that ‘English’ has created a wide gulf between the few English educated and many uneducated. The learned English scholars of India, contributed a lot to English literature, but these were not given any credit in the history of English literature. The works of Rabindranath Tagore, Jawaharlal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Radhakrishnan were, beyond doubt, a great contribution to the literature of English language, commanded much praise and admiration throughout the world, but not in the history of English literature. The moderates felt the necessity of making study of English optional during the transition period...
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