English- A symbol of modernity?
In the 21st century, most of the offices and workplaces require employees who speak fluent English, especially in BPO sectors among other professions.
Even in colleges, students mock at their classmates when they can't communicate with them in the correct accent.
It doesn't mean that other languages are not so important. In fact, all languages, whether regional or national, they all hold prime importance for the people of that particular region.
But, for an instance, if a North Indian resides in South India or a South Indian resides in North India, then, he/she can't master the regional language even if one stays there for a long time. In such a situation, the only language that keeps them in the loop of social circle is the English language.
But another reality is that not everyone is fluent in speaking English. But, by and large, majority of people are at least aware of basic English words or sentences.
Even though India is among the fast developing countries, but politicians of regional political parties, sometimes create hindrances in the way of progress and growth of the nation.
Here, we are referring to the the Samajwadi Party(SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav when on Sunday he said that "MPs should be banned from speaking in English in Parliament".
What's wrong with English Vinglish Mulayamji?
In Parliament, there are various politicians from South who do not understand Hindi. Then what will they speak in Parliament if English is banned?
While addressing a programme organised by Etawah Hindi Sewa Trust to felicitate persons involved in promotion of Hindi, Mulayam said, "There should be a ban on English address in Parliament. Countries which use their mother tongue are more developed. It's the need of the hour to promote Hindi."
While clarifying that he is not against English language per se, Mulayam said, "The leaders of the country have double character as far as Hindi is concerned. They ask for vote in Hindi but give address in Parliament in English. This should be stopped."
Akhilesh distributed free laptops to students as part of a scheme.
Known for his anti-English stand, Mulayam has maintained that he is not against English language but the official work should be done in Hindi so that people can understand the matters which are related to them.
Son Akhilesh, an English fan!
On the contrary, his son and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav sports love for English language. Although, young Akhilesh rarely interacts in English language in front of media, but being studied from Sydney, Australia, he has many times shown his interest for the universal language.
In fact, soon after becoming the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, the Hindi heartland, Akhilesh distributed free laptops to students as part of a scheme.
Few people are aware of the fact that in sports, Akhilesh supports the English club Manchester United and loves football.
The last time when Akhilesh spoke in English publicly was at the inaugural address at the CII Global Partneship Summit in Agra on January 27 this year.
Mulayam's demand to ban English drew flak from some politicians. Minister of State for Human Resources Shashi Tharoor said, "In the 21st century, most Indians want their children to have a good working knowledge of English to improve their prospects. Mulayam Singh's own son studied in an English medium school and I think he should embrace this in the same way."
Hindi deserves respect
Although, it sounds strange to seek a ban on English but at the same time, it's a fact that Hindi remains the most important language for the Indians, so it should be promoted at all levels, where possible, but not by putting a ban on English, which has become an inevitable part of our lives now!