Thursday, May 01, 2003

The English Class System by Sankrant Sanu on

Also, English is by no means nuetral in the Indian context. Languages come with histories of words and meanings, very little of the English language is related to our history or culture. As soon as one starts studying words and languages from that angle one realizes that there is a huge cultural context that languages carry. This doesn't mean that we shouldn't learn English -- I advocate that throughout -- in a cultural sense it gives us a window into another culture, but we shouldn't become English and lose our own context of understanding, which is what English medium education does to us.