Talking, walking and swearing English
The latest cartoon from NewYorker where an American parent admonishes his child to finish homework since there are children studying in India and China has created many a ripple. Every parent in India except the 50% of the real destitute ones wants their kid to speak in English. By 2010 its expected that most children studying in English medium schools in urban India wont speak their mother tongue. Already prominent theatre artists like Vijay Tendulkar are whining about the decline of Marathi. Similar statements are being made by srtalwarts of other languages.
My cousins kids staying in Bangalore only speak English since the parents dont want any Tamil accents in their English. In fact lot of parents now take a lot of pride in saying that their kids just dont know their mother tongue. Or if asked if the kid knows Hindi (assuming thats his mother tongue), the kid would reply " sometimes with dadi difficulty se speak karta hoon". Most parents whom I have seen in office talk to their kids in English. In fact even in first class compartments of the Mumbai local, dudes speak with such an accent that one would believe they were born in Virginia rather than in Virar. English is the lingua franca, accented English is the lingua India. The BPO job has become the equivalent of a govt job in the new real India and I can talk, walk and swear English is the only way to go.
Some people might think this is some propaganda by some right wing party. But I just wonder when my generation can speak 3 languages which would include the mother tongue, enjoy movies and literature in all 3 and still hold good MNC jobs, is this new found love for English serious overkill?