Oct 10, 2008


Nikhilesh Banerjee, Advocate

The impact of English is not only continuing but also increasing. According to latest survey there are about more than 2500 Indian newspapers in circulation with different objectives from all walks of grasps within 63 yrs. of our status of Independence and within a span of 58 yrs. of our language schedule in the Constitution of India. Such a candid expression was made notice a few days ago by the orators in the symposium organized in our Ratanchand Surana Law College at Durg by the respected and learned speakers, all are centered in practicing of law, particularly keeping their keen eyes on the society and the judicial fraternity.

The process of producing English-bilinguals in India began with the Minute of 1835, which officially endorsed T. B. Macaulay's goal of forming --- a class who may be interpreters between us and the millions whom we govern-a class of person, Indians in blood and colour but English in taste, in opinion, in morals, and in intellect, Obviously English became the official and academic language of India by the early loth century. We gather from the different media and forerunners that only about 6% to 7% of India's population speak English , but they are individuals who lead India's economic, industrial, professional, political and social life; roughly they can be equated as the super-imposed authority propagating jago-India-jago. In South India, where English serves as a universal language in the way that Hindi does in the North (although their inner circle pursue English, Hinglish, Regenglish and amalgamated dialect with English). The trend has now permeated into the membrane of our refined thought.

Such a modified admixture of English flows into the veins of other recognizable lofty languages in the world with concoction of handy pronunciation for becoming a unified umbrella of languages, in the world. Indian English is very much of their own . Simply by virtue of the strength of population it has successfully exported its vast and rich culture and expressions through many a prize winning contributions abroad the horizon has spotted the glittering presence of it. Then why should we remain to dropout in the race of reaching the bull target or become an indispensable progressive lingua; not a far propogation without surrendering our native languages. Many a Christian missionaries during British rule and our independent rule welcome such a variety of our languages irradiating faculty. Nevertheless the importance of the ability to speak or write English has become the de-facto standard. Learning English language has become popular; according it has become standard not because it has been approved by any standard organisation but because it is widely used by all the major players of economy competing with world or through their different medium or communicative apparatus or imparting education. Including the system of administration of justice with the panorama of 1.2 billion people. A wisdom foresees that as long as the English language is universal, it will always Indian, cannot now be dissociated in any attempt whatsoever.

Barrister Mahatma Gandli in his impressive nonchalant manner says “I, therefore, think that our European friends may rest assured that the future Federal Court will not sent them away empty-handed, as we expect to away empty -handed, if we do not have the favour of the Ministers, who are the present advisors of His Majesty, “Next he deplores that dreams of Supreme Court and other courts did not come into being even after more than six decades of India’s becoming a republic is granting justice in accordance with Official Languages Act, the ambiguity of which still persists by the courts of justice that is weak interpreting the principles of justice mostly percolating through the Engilsh language. Policing, is part of delivery of justice - pro-activism against injustices, taxes, fees and incidentals are paid only of half the decisions remains satisfactory even between the litigants heeling for years. Legal profession mostly in all privacy has become a vested interest, the onlookers are the weakened parties and reflecting judicial decisions that might be put on over burdened dispensation. The role of the over-fragnant English is the key communicator to abridge the gap and fullfillment of judiciary which without reservation does not inch in as should be or could have been in mitigating our pain and grief.

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