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The English Medium Myth (Pack of 4)

by   Sankrant Sanu (Author)  
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Sold By:   Garuda Prakashan

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ISBN 13 978-1942426073
Book Language English
Binding Paperback
Edition 2nd
Release Year 2018
Publishers Garuda Prakashan  
Category Social Impact   Bulk Buy Bundles  

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‘The English Medium Myth...’ takes a sweeping look at the entire problem of our seeming “indispensability of English” in our entire system – right from higher education, higher judiciary, bureaucracy, and media – which leads to creation of a class system based on how much one knows English and how “accented” it can be. Author Sankrant Sanu questions this mindset – and not only from the cultural point of view. The primacy of English is actually a barrier in India’s economic growth – he calls it “English apartheid” – argues Sanu. Tracing its origin from the British-era, the author sheds light on the mindset of the British colonizers. The reader would be left wondering as to why, even after seven decades of independence, this mindset has been allowed to continue; even flourish. So much so that bright talents end up committing suicides, because they are not able to cope with the “medium-change”, just when they are supposed to be taking wings in their professional lives in top institutions like AIIMS, IIT, etc. But, instead of removing the primacy of English, the “solution being offered” is to “take English down to the primary level”. Sanu predicts that such being the approach, India would lose its own languages and time to salvage the situation is at a premium. The primacy of English in the higher echelons says Sanu in this book, only creates a “class-hierarchy”, which effectively blocks out 90% of India’s talent pool, which rests in the non-English speaking population. This book is anything but a hollow appeal to shun English. In fact, it is not anti-English, per se, but against the tendency to foist English over all other Indian languages -- to an extent that children are forced to learn a foreign language at an age when they should be learning various subjects in their mother tongue. An IIT-ian and a top former professional with
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