Are we preserving our language??
Musical Mood : Aisa desh hai meraaa
Being away from India and in europe has made me learn and realise very many things…..simple things which I fail to recognise in India, things which I take for granted and never gave a thought….One such realisations is…….
“Hey if we dont talk in English, teacher would fine us. we should talk in English only.”
“Arrey….I sometimes get to speak only in english….I dont understand how people in 21st century dont seem to know the language properly!!”
” Ayyo….my friend could get the offer just because he couldn’t speak fluent english….they said lack of communication skills…Uff…This does not seem to be fair…He should have given more importance on his expression”
Few months Back
“Ya, all MNC’s (multi national companies) are preferring India and not other developing economies since we speak and understand english well….Thats an edge over others!!!”
Yesterday in train, I met an old lady. She said she was teacher and worked for teaching children from army and was in Germany just after the world war. She was telling about difficulties when you dont know the language of the country you are living in but said its easier for me in UK since Indians seem to know english better.
I heard myself saying, ya we are taught and brought up learning and speaking English…English is no foreign language to us!
Suddenly I realised, how well do I know my mother tongue(telugu)….Ya I know it well, mainly because of my keen interest and ironically I am not as fluent in Hindi (my national language) as I am in English….Its a shame on me….I know…and I decided to learn to speak Hindi soon.
The point I would like to highlight is
I don’t know how many out there,are like me, but definitely, if I would not have come out to here, I would never have realized that I am using a foreign language to communicate among ourselves (that too being proud of it). Never would I realise the importance of preserving our heritage and having our own identity through our language….
Here, in western europe, I found that they respect and preserve their history and heritage a lot…though they are modernised and more americanised, they still preserve the heritage of the city, if not they atleast try to.
And I guess, as a fast developing nation, we are overlooking at somethings which form the basis of our identity….its not just the case of language…..its there in many things we do…we want imported stuff, we dont respect people who dont know english…we like to be westernised…most of the young girls dont like to wear saree….(including me before I came here)…. And be honest with yourselves, most of u ppl would agree with me!!
What should we do about it then???? Abandon English??? No….that would be foolish….We should learn and respect all the languages we learn but definitely we should learn our national language!! And we should find a way to make people realise that speaking in your own regional language/national language is not something to be ashamed of…..Knowing another language just adds to the already existing diverse qualities of the country….gives us that edge….but at the same time, we should preserve and let our languages be there as a mode of communication for our future generations but not as how sanskrit is for us now!!
What do you think????