How can Indians be comfortable speaking english?

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  1. PredictablyMalicious

    PredictablyMalicious Punjabi Senior Member

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    English, the language of the colonialists and ultimately a foreign language that can not hold a candle to a great language like sanskrit or even any indic language. How is speaking english not a sign of self hate? Why doesn't the Indian government try to prevent the spread of english?
     
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    PredictablyMalicious Punjabi Senior Member

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    You know what makes me sad? When on bollywood videos, all the comments are in english. :tsk:
     
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    pmaitra Moderator Moderator

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    I see at least one reason why one would hate English. It requires one to shed his/her laziness about capitalizing a proper noun.
     
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    aware me brah
     
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    Well said. This disease was rampant in N India only - now other regions are also affected !

    No one speaks in their native language correctly and the worst part is most Indians do not have good English language skills either.

    Pathetic situation.
     
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    so edgy .................................................................................. so wow
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    . ...................................much bollywood ............. so anger
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    . ......many sadness .............
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    . ...................................................such hate
     
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    Delhi is not N. India.

    South Indian Accent FTW

    u wot m8 ?
     
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    PredictablyMalicious Punjabi Senior Member

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    Singh I am serious. It is a sad state of affairs. No one respects those who have no respect for themselves. Indians speaking English means they don't respect their language and therefore they have no respect for themselves.
     
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    Fixed saar.
     
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    I never speak in English. :fyeah:
     
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    @Singh, @Dovah - I dont find anything funny about the topic.

    Fewer and fewer people nowadays speak good Hindi, good Punjabi, good Tamil, etc. AFAIK many Punjabis in Delhi cannot speak in `thet` Punjabi either.

    Not talking about accents here - can make fun of all accents and usages across India - East, West, South or North.

    English is spoken as a `status` symbol by all Indians.

    And don't get me started me on Delhi people's language skills - lived there 5 years (enjoyed it BTW!).
     
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    Erroneous presumption.
     
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    Because "thet" Punjabi refers to an East Punjabi Dialect, whereas most of Delhi's Punjabis are from West Punjab. Punjabi has more than a dozen (or 2 dozen) dialects.

    In any case plucked from their native place, they couldn't have possibly maintained their culture.
    And even at that time, the Status Symbol was the ability to converse in/read/write Urdu.
     
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    QFT. I have noticed this ever since I was a school kid. Its sad when the parents of TN kids are proud that their wards know "onlee eengliszh and not Tamil"
     
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    I bet you speak your mother tongue at home ?
    Since you are in Canada, keeping with Punjabi won't be an issue.
     
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    Same goes for urdu,but i feel one can speak any language he likes and connects to.
     
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    Regardless of how much you want to promote local languages, there is no way English is losing it's value. How do you teach curriculum in local languages? Translate everything? How would a Tamil student who has learnt everything in Tamil all his life integrate into a Bengali University or vice versa? Unless Indians are ready to accept a language as a national language to replace English, English will always enjoy the special status it does today and good-luck making Indians agree to a common language.

    What is "good hindi/Panjab/ Tamil? All languages evolve, there are always different dialects, languages always import words and adapt to the times. One could argue that no one apart from the Britons speaks good English either.

    No. It is spoken as a necessity.

    This is a funny statement, on one hand you are bemoaning the influence of English in our society and on the other you are dismissing a people's language skill based on their grasp on English.

    I do. For two reasons.

    1) This topic pops up every month on DFI.

    2) It is funny that someone would post a thread lamenting the influence English in an English language forum, in English, residing in an English speaking country. Not to mention the fact most proponents of Sanskrit do not speak the language themselves( myself included).
     
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    @Dovah,

    That was an excellent exposé of an obvious hypocrisy of many.

    I didn't attempt to do so because, I have done this many times, and am tired of it, because, as you rightly said, this topic pops up time and again.
     
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