Qn. Bengal/Maharashtra Govt. policy
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From: Prasad Velusamy <prasad_velusamy at HOTMAIL.COM>
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Sent: 28 February 2000 23:10
Subject: Qn. Bengal/Maharashtra Govt. policy
> While browsing on the web, I came across the following article.
> Is another vernacular language spreading in India as in the EC?
> Have Maharashtra and Bengal reversed their earlier positions,
> and make English compulsory?
> Thanks for the info,
> English rises again as India's power language
> By Robert Marquand, Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
> Thursday, February 10, 2000
> After a decade-long "Indianization" to teach regional languages in
> the schools - and remove British-era names of streets and places
> (Bombay is now Mumbai, Calcutta is Kolkata) - a middle-class
> consensus to spread the learning of English is emerging. For 50
> years, English has been a language of privilege, but today it must
> become a more common vernacular, say intellectuals, business
> executives, and parents alike.
> "If we wish to be a global cyberpower, if we want a larger share of
> the world markets, if we want greater political relevance ... we
> could start out with a crash program to promote English, not Hindi,"
> argues Shekar Gupta, editor of India's largest newspaper, The Indian
> Express. He points out that among the more prosperous populations of
> East Asia, English is becoming a compulsory second language.
> Acknowledging these realities, in December the government of
> Maharashtra, whose capital is Bombay, announced compulsory English
> lessons for all students from grade 6 onward. The move, like a
> similar one in West Bengal two years ago, reverses a policy of the
> early 1990s to teach only the local Marathi and Bengali languages
> in schools. Parents in Bombay were a major part of the lobbying
> effort to change the system.
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