It kind of shocked me. And it totally goes against all the “absolute number politics we can play”. It tells why we have been playing to the whim of the chauvinists so much, that we have miserably failed. And our status of English is not connected to “how many language India has”. Priority isn’t an issue here. Why? Because, English is a 2nd or 3rd language, in most states of India, which are all language based states. So once we have studied well or are literate in our 1st and 2nd language, English could easily be the focus, which isn’t so in India, although its so in other non-native English speaking countries.
When India failed English, that wasn’t last summer. But this eschaton article was written last summer.
Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 8:46 pm UTC +05:30
“Pakistan is advanced than India, in how it accepts English, as a non-primary language. ~50% of people in Pakistan ( — total ~ 90 million) are speakers of English, compared to 12% of India (125 million out of > ~ 1.20 billion). In percentage terms, all non-native English speaking countries, like Nigeria, Pakistan or Philippines are higher, than India’s population, speaking English. The norm is 50% or more (for all others) while for India its 12%. In absolute numbers only, India surpasses them. The acceptance in India, for English, is really low. On an average, major regional language do not cause such a response, because; we are anyway counting English as a 2nd or 3rd language. “