Every time I see parents talking to their kids in English (to appear mod and get social status leverage), I think something’s wrong. Of course, I’m not opposing English and I dare not do it. I remember being told that English is what you need to survive in the modern world and it’s the ‘English’ that opens the doors of world knowledge.
I firmly believed in that until now. I now think that we are conditioned to think that English is ‘the language’ to move forward in life because we are never taught to think on our own, take our own decisions, use our own brain etc.
Take example of Germany, France, Japan, China etc. These countries have made progress speaking their own language, inventing their own technology and then selling it to the world. Many Germans still can’t speak English and they are no way behind the world; in fact they are far ahead of many other countries. Same applies to the Japanese and the French.
The difference? They innovate and they don’t need English to do that. On the contrary, our (Indian) concept of Innovation is very well defined: Go to a foreign country and learn the latest technology there and then copy it in India. That’s why we are ecstatic about getting 3G while the rest of the world is moving on to 4G.
Innovation comes from finding problems and then coming up with solutions. It isn’t really hard. But the brain programming & conditioning that we grow up with prevents us from doing that.
–The Big K-