Hindi Is Our Ground, English Is Our Sky

Hindi Is Our Ground, English Is Our Sky

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A sea change has occurred in the Indian economy in the last three decades, spurring the desire to learn English. Most scholars and media venues have focused on English exclusively for its ties to processes of globalization and the rise of new employment opportunities. The pursuit of class mobility, however, involves Hindi as much as English in the vast Hindi-Belt of northern India. Schools are institutions on which class mobility depends, and they are divided by Hindi and English in the rubric of qmedium, q the primary language of pedagogy. This book demonstrates that the school division allows for different visions of what it means to belong to the nation and what is central and peripheral in the nation. It also shows how the language-medium division reverberates unevenly and unequally through the nation, and that schools illustrate the tensions brought on by economic liberalization and middle-class status.Finally, Pattanayak notes that mother tongue can mean something like a€œhome language, a€ and argues that the meaning ... Pattanayak proceeds to demonstrate that the instructions given to census enumerators treated the idea of mother tongueanbsp;...

Title:Hindi Is Our Ground, English Is Our Sky
Author: Chaise LaDousa
Publisher:Berghahn Books - 2014-01-15

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