Role of English in India

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Introduced by the British colonization and today the official language of the Indian Nation in association with Hindi, English is spoken as a second language by a minority of the educated population of 8 to 11% according to current estimations.

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Role of English in IndiaEnglish in India and the role of the elite in the national project the elite in the national project1Annie MO NTAUT, INALCO (SeDyL), ParisPublished inProblematizing Language Studies, Cultural, Theoretical and Applied Perspectives, Essays in Honor of Rama Kant AgnihotriAkar Books, Delhi, 2010, pp. 83-116 (eds. S. I. Hasnain & S. Chaudhary)AbstractIntroduced by the British colonization and today the official language of the Indian Nation in association with Hindi, English is spoken as a second language by a minority of the educated population of 8 to 11% according to current estimations. A chance for India to converse with the world cultures, in compensation for centuries of domination, or conversely an inherited alienating burden still preventing this conversation from being on equal terms? The paper will dwell on such issues, after a factual evaluation of the role of English in the Indian pluralism, and a study of the consequences of its historical infiltration in the whole system of the State.English in India and the role of the elite in the national project2Annie Montaut, INALCO (SeDyL), PARIS In India, English is the language spoken by the ruling class. It is spoken by the higher class of natives at the seats of Government. It is likely to become the language of commerce throughout the seas of the East. Thus ended Macaulays most famous minute, in 1835, a report aimed at instructing the Indian elite in the English language,

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