I speak English and I chose this language to write this blog. This clearly shows that I don’t dislike this language.
Point here is not to debate of “Speaking English or not”. Point here is that showing hatred towards one language doesn’t show your affection towards your mother tongue. How many of English haters have seriously tried to learn and speak good Hindi ? Effectively none.
False satisfaction (of loving our mother tongue) comes when we say that “I hate English (And that’s why I should be thought of a lover of Hindi). Most of such speakers are the persons who can’t make much from any language. Be it Hindi or English or any other. The inability of speaking good English makes them hate it. Its an obvious reaction so I am not surprised. I am writing these words not because I feel I am a good speaker or writer of English language but, I feel that I love reading and writing in any language which I am able to understand and express myself in. So I am not against English. I am not against people speaking English language.
Now I come to the point. We are living in a country which world thinks of having people with strong relationship values, respects for elders and love for kids. OK, so we love our kids. We send them to school and try our level best to bring them up to their best levels.
Lets see how we do it.
Generally, a child starts speaking a language at the age 2 and starts study at the age of 4. That means there are 2 years in between where the child only speaks one language. That language is his medium of communication with the world. That language provides security of being understood by others.
That language is either Hindi or any regional language. But surely,
It is not English.
Now when the child starts going to school, the problem starts. He is taught to speak and write English. But that is not the problem. The problem is that he is also taught not to speak Hindi. He is taught that speaking Hindi is a “Down Market” thing. Which mean that we are telling him that “Look !! You’ve been doing down market thing for two years. Now start all over again. Learn this up market language and repair the damage”. Feeling that someone is snatching his security, child rushes to the parents.
Only to find that they are also believe in what his teachers say.
Now the option left for him is not only learning this language but also at the same time going away from the mother tongue. Gradually, as the time passes by, the child starts taking pride in speaking English. It becomes more valuable when he is amongst some Hindi speaking people.
Two young girls in Delhi were asking a poor(poor means Hindi speaking) auto rickshaw driver “How much ?”. And giving each other smiles about the poor person’s inability of understanding English. This is example of people who are in majority today. Who think that they know the prestigious English language. Who think that they have the right to discard their mother tongue. These are the people who hate Indian movies because of being Hindi movies and they love Hollywood because it makes English Movies. They love English writers and proudly ask “Who Premchand ?” (Though they know who is Premchand but it will be so down market if they accept it in front of others).
But wait. No matter how much they try, they can’t stop speaking Hindi. No matter how much they try, they can’t speak English like a Britisher. That causes frustration. They may join an accent development class to speak like an Englishman, but still, somewhere, in back of their mind they know that they are Indian. They know that It’s Hindi which is their mother tongue.
I see Rafael Nadal speaking in his mother tongue after winning a grand slam. I see Russian president giving speech in his own language. Most of the countries are using their own language. And they speak English too. In short, their is so much to learn from the people of world. Blindly following a language will never make anyone like someone else.
We (the Indians) respect every language. And our mother tongue, our national language is a very powerful language.. For that matter, let us think.
Let us think.