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Globalisation and English

                Anglophile policy makers in India advocate more English for lack of development, more English for better integration with world and more English for modernisation. However experiences across the world suggest that countries that provide conducive environment for the people to absorb appropriate technologies in their own language succeed in meeting the challenges of globalisation. 

        One characteristic feature is that India is less globalised than China and far behind Israel, Sweden, Korea or Japan in terms of globalisation. While all others can get globalised in their own languages, elite in India propagates the idea that we need more English and not more spread of knowledge to all people in their languages.

Thai language script is similar to Indian scripts, successfully meets globalisation with its language. Despite having only a small population of 6.6 crore in 2008, equivalent to five percent of the population of India, it is more successfully integrated with world. There are 2610 Thai language websites compared to 1249 for all Indian languages put together.

Ø    The value of exports from India was 175.7 billion US dollars including the much lauded software services, while importing goods worth 287.5 billion. The exports of Thailand was as much as India’s at 174.9 billion and imported only 159.1 billion in 2008.  

Ø      The total tourist arrivals in Thailand was 1.45 crores in 2007 ranked 18th destination compared to only 50.8 lakh tourist arrivals in India. 

India pride itself the largest English speaking country in the world. But it has not helped India to achieve better share in international trade, FDI, Tourist arrival, Internet penetration, Research and Development reflected in patents and scientific innovations etc. The comparison between India and China reveal that Indians are alarmingly behind China in every indicator and worse the gap is increasing.  

Various globalisation indices indicate that India is one of the least globalised countries and the most globalised countries not the ones which rely on English for their higher education. In fact none of the top ten counties use foreign language to get globalised with world.KOF index of globalisation has ranked India 122 out of 156 with a score of 51.36 in 2009.It was a decline from 88 out of 122 countries in 2007.

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English speaking ruling elite say that India is indebted to Britain for colonisation. They ask poor Indian masses to take pride in the fact that India could use English for every aspect of Indian life displacing primitive and unworthy Indian languages. Anglophone elite constantly self declare that India is better globalised than Korea, Taiwan, China and other East Asian countries as Indians speak better English. Only God knows when these corrupt elite realise that challenges of globalisation are better met when knowledge is accessible to all in the language of poor people.

Read Malayalathinde Bhaavi-Bhasha Asoothranavum, Maanava Vikasanavum” (The Future of malayalam - Language Planning and Human Devolopment) in Malayalam written by K. Sethu Raman published by Maathrubhoomi Books for further details and analysis.