The modern age has set new trends in the education sector of the Indian society. The effects of globalization, changed social mindset, emerging Indian economy, rise of the middle class and aspirations of global success are far more evident these days among the masses. The Indian citizens want to guarantee the best of the education even at hefty prices, to their wards in order to stand out among the rest. People are now of the opinion that their way out of the traditional and lacklustre way of education is by following the path of English. Studying in English medium schools and asserting dominance in the language is what can be called smart, suave and modern in the views of the general Indian public.
Why the crush to learn English?
The eagerness to learn English has been transferred on through generations since the British era. As our colonial masters, they had ensured that we Indians study only English as our way of communicating with the world. Moreover, the absence of a proper national language throughout the country has made the nation persistently feel the urge to accept a unified official language. Though Hindi is the national language of India, its abhorrence and absence in India’s southern and eastern parts had always been a hindrance. Most importantly, the global presence of English coupled with the infrastructure to study the language has meant English dominance in India.
The side effects of Anglicization
The Anglicization of the education system has ensured that Indian language medium schools are slowly but surely losing relevance among the masses. The mad rush among people to get their wards enrolled in English medium schools has led to an astronomical rise in the number of such schools. Other schools on the other hand are tottering with gradually diminishing number of students with disheartened teachers and dwindling infrastructure. Indian languages are losing relevance among the native people due to the impact of Anglicization.
The future ahead for Indian languages
The loss of interest in Indian languages among Indians themselves has made the cultural framework feeble to say the least. The younger generations will no longer harbour the wish to get themselves acknowledged with the language of their forefathers. The nostalgia and cultural enigma associated with the languages are on a constant decline. If the same scenario persists in the coming days too, the Indian languages will surely lose their presence in the subcontinent itself. Globalization is good, but never at the sake of one’s cultural identity and beliefs.
What can be done?
The controlled way of spreading English is a good measure to instil globalization while preserving one’s culture. Indian languages must get equal importance among the masses which must be ensured by the government themselves. Infrastructure development and growth of awareness for study in Indian languages is a minimum necessity. India must feel that the growth of a nation and its people is only possible when they sustain their culture and heritage. Preserving our languages which are our heritages is the duty of every Indian. Most importantly we must know that we always do the best in our native languages which is never possible in languages that are alien to our origins.