"‘While there is this huge celebration of Hindi abroad, in the place of its birth Hindi has been compromised,’ said Mahesh Dhakar. who writes on culture. “Students can hardly write correct Hindi, and their vocabulary is invaded by all kinds of foreign words and internet-supported short forms. Chaste Hindi or Urdu has disappeared,” said Dhakar."
Exactly. It’s infuriating. I taught high school students for a while and one of the most baffling things I experienced was their disregard for Urdu. Talking in Urdu was considered a ‘backward’ pursuit among the majority of O and A Level students that I taught, there was also an element of disdain for matriculation students who were seen as “less posh” and more “paindu” (which is Urdu slang for a villager - again, classist discrimination). But this does not entirely stem from a mentality in a society where English is seen as a definite social marker and refiner for the upper class; It is embedded in a colonial history where English was spoken not only as a language but as a symbol of superiority. The White Master spoke English, the Brown Servant could either learn the language and become slightly better than his peers or he could remain ‘ignorant.’ Later on it became evident that the likelihood of a Pakistani gaining employment in the job market had a lot to do with their ability to speak “good” English.
So today you have schools throughout Asia insisting upon “English medium schools” and brainwashing young people into believing that their native language(s) is something they should not be proud of. The good part about this mania is that quite a few youths are rebelling against Anglophilic pedagogy by actively learning and engaging with others in proper, correct Urdu. Which is amazing and important.
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