Views expressed here are strictly personal and are only my interpretation of the subject under consideration. I do not intended to hurt anyone’s sentiment in any way. I merely express my views and understandings with regards to the topic.
How important is THE regional language?
Stale meat? Still burning though! Of course you all may have seen the “activities” of the “activists” all over the country to protect and nurture the regional language. Its humbling to see people actually caring about such things. Language is an art in itself which allows us to express the innermost feelings in the most beautiful way possible! An initiative to spread the glory of one’s own language has been there from time immemorial(Rather when the whole kingship thingy started,if you may). One always has pride in one’s own mother tongue. Mother tongue, the term itself shows that they give it a very special place in their hearts.
As we look at the present scenario with the past in mind, things have changed. The global village demands a global language. Invariably, English has come to everyone’s rescue(Thanks to the British). We have english medium education and schools. Today every kid is expected to atleast know how to read and write in english. It has become the primary requirement of any kind of organization(Government and non). Its not only bridging the gap between India and other nations, but also helping in the communication between its own citizens. Hence we see people striving so hard to protect the culture of their own region.
Is having the education imparted in the regional medium the answer? I say no. Its completely absurd to have regional medium in higher education. But, I say even in school, only one medium(English) must be followed. I remember my Kannada teacher always used to say, “Learn your mother tongue properly and you will be able to learn ANY language without any problem.” When you sit and think about it you will see that it makes sense. Basically your brain needs a language that will act like a reference. Then all you need to do is link the new language to your basic language and you will master that new language. So, laerning at least one language properly is VERY important. But in the present scenario, almost all the students will not be able to concentrate on the language as its not given the required importance at the primary level. Learning English without knowing your mother tongue is VERY difficult. For me Kannada was introduced in 1st standard AFTER I learnt English words. It was not an easy job to cope up with it and I still suck at language and grammar. Interestingly, I came to know that grammEr was the wrong way to spell it in my 10th standard.
People are trying to make everyone study Kannada language, which is good. But, what about the quality of education? Why not improve the syllabus accordingly so that those who ARE learning will learn it better. Making it the first language is a really good decision if applied. That will make sure that students will be able to learn the language well and may become aptly skilled. Instead of arguing, the law must be enforced that will mae sure that the mother tongue will be introduced fully to the young minds so that they can really appreciate the beauty of the language, which I realised only in 10th, 11th and 12th!!