Jag Venugopal's Blog

February 21, 2011

India’s national language

Filed under: India — Jag @ 6:30 am

Quick… what’s India’s national language? The one that people from the “untouchable classes” aspire to learn, to move themselves up the social ladder? How about the language that is the medium of instruction for the children of almost every nativist politician, be he in Maharashtra or Uttar Pradesh? In which language is most of Bollywood’s business conducted?

The answer is…. English.

About 5-6 years ago, I had subscribed to Zee TV USA. There used to be an ad for an Indian clairvoyant that ran thus… “Are you phacing diphiculty in your carrier…”, intending to direct such individuals to a certain “Pundit Maharaj”. In today’s India, most Indians’ “carrier diphiculties” are solved by proficiency in English. Faith in the Queen’s language appears to be a better path to success than trusting Indian shamans.


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