Why Some Telugu Groups in America are Opposed to Providing English Education to the Poor in Andhra?

Kenneth Palmer

“Kuvempu took the information that English experienced to supply though also offering a blistering critique of the language as a car of colonialism. If it were being not for English, he would have been condemned (as a Shudra) to clean up vessels in a Brahmin’s dwelling.”

— Rajendra Chenni, a chronicler of well-known Karnataka Shudrawriter and thinker, Kuvempu (1904-1994). Deccan Herald, 12/29/2022

The Telugu Association of North America (TANA), Silicon Andhra, TANA Environment Literature Platform and Siddhartha Academy have jointly arranged Environment Telugu Writers Meeting in Vijayawada on 23 and 24 December. The theme of the conference was: “Let’s secure our mother tongue! Let us make self-esteem.”

Certainly, the meeting was structured primarily to oppose English medium education in federal government schools in Andhra Pradesh, which was decreed by Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy when he turned the Main Minister of the condition in 2019. Before that, the bad Dalit/Tribal/Shudra and Other Backward Lessons (OBC) kids could only analyze in Telugu medium educational institutions.

The main minister, however, mandated English medium schooling in all authorities faculties from the academic calendar year 2019-20. These kinds of a recreation-modifying phase in the college education program in India was resisted by a lot of Telugu leaders which includes Chandrababu Naidu and Venkaiah Naidu. A number of court cases and ideological battles experienced to be fought on this challenge by the main minister just before he succeeded. Now his training model is influencing the total place. Presently the Telangana governing administration which was earlier opposed had to come all around and released English medium in all condition governing administration universities.

Andhra Main Minister Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy with faculty lecturers and little ones. Top rated picture, representative impression, courtesy of the Deccan Chronicle.

The AP point out governing administration was the very first to introduce English medium school instruction from class 1 to course 10 on par with the private English medium educational institutions where the young children of the wealthy review. The AP design stabilized English medium but has kept Telugu as a subject matter compulsory each in govt and private colleges. This is a new innovative experiment to improve English amongst the bad youth and also safeguard their native language.

Fairly surprisingly, TANA leaders who live in the ‘English world’ are opposing instructing in the English language in federal government universities in India. How can people who went away from this area, and teach their youngsters and grandchildren in world-course government-operate English medium faculties in The usa, shield Telugu in Andhra Pradesh?

Numerous Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) who aid the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and Bharatiya Janata Occasion Government in Delhi, like the American Hindu Foundation, campaign for “One Nation One particular Language (Hindi)” while living in the U.S. and educating their young children in English which gives them obtain to the most effective of science and know-how and humanities. Which is hypocrisy.

Neither TANA associates nor other NRIs send their little ones back again to India to get Telugu or Hindi medium education. Most of them commit their pounds in private English medium colleges and universities in India, into which the subsistence farmers, laborers and artisans simply cannot even aspiration of having admission.

Even even though these NRIs want their kinfolk in India to get rich and have the very best positions that the non-public English schooling supplies them, or permit them to emigrate to The usa or Europe, they are opposed to Dalits/tribals and OBCs learning in English.

Not a one NRI has set up a excellent Telugu or Hindi or any other so-referred to as vernacular language university or faculty in India and educated the very poor free of charge or with minimal price tag. India for them is the motherland for producing a lot more bucks in education and learning-small business, that as well, only in English medium. It’s not social company.

These organizations and their leaders adhere to a classical Indian deceptive design that the Shudra/OBC/Dalit/Adivasis should really not be educated in a language that prepares them for excellent employment in India or gives access to the global job markets.

In India, obtain to lucrative occupations and professions is controlled by upper castes educated in private English medium educational institutions. Even some of the World Financial institution and IMF officials of Indian origin, who mostly live in America or Europe, think that English medium schooling ought to not be presented to the successful masses of India. They speciously cite the instance of African nations around the world that are finding Anglicized by leaving guiding their conventional tribal cultures.

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But these very same officers do not abide by their ancestral Brahminic lifestyle by finding out in Sanskrit and pursuing their traditions. They have as an alternative studied in personal English medium schools, set their children in possibly American or British educational institutions and get pleasure from Western lifestyles.

Some of them argue that bad quality educational institutions in the govt sector with untrained lecturers do not go well with English medium instruction in India. That is not genuine because just about every graduate in India experiments English from quality six, for this reason each individual school instructor is proficient in English. Aside from, somewhere the shift has to choose put toward educational equality in language and content material. The AP Governing administration has been supplying standard training to instruct in English and supplied mirror-graphic books to students and lecturers (each textbook has one side of the website page in English and the opposite side in Telugu). These textbooks make the task of teacher and pupil simple to browse in both languages. Bilingualism is secured with this process and augurs properly for training. Inspite of all these initiatives, why are the NRIs opposed to English medium education in federal government schools and becoming a member of palms with anti-inadequate forces in India in the title of adore for the mom tongue?

It is absurd that all those kids whose parents converse and perform in English in the U.S. fake that Telugu remains their mom tongue and they want to safeguard it from the danger of bad people in India learning English! Even nevertheless these NRIs want their kinfolk in India to get wealthy and have the finest work that the personal English education and learning supplies them, or help them to emigrate to The united states or Europe, they are opposed to Dalits/tribals and OBCs researching in English. Could it be that they do not want the weak to contend with their higher-caste kinfolk?

That is the challenge. For these NRIs, the American criteria of equality are not for India. The course herd and caste mentality are deeply ingrained into their psyche. They really do not realize that language and society are not the exact. And that society improvements constantly. Numerous unused languages die and new languages arise. What is vital is human very well-getting, equality and modernization of societies.

The groups that went in search of a good daily life in international lands with the enable of English and go to India as soon as in a although to instruct morals to those who are living there, is immoral. This emigre immorality does not provide the nationwide desire of India.


Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd is an Indian creator, activist and columnist. He is a retired professor of Political Science at Osmania University in Hyderabad. His properly-recognised guides incorporate, “Why I am Not a Hindu,” “Post-Hindu India,” and “God As Political Philosopher.” He has created extensively about the romantic relationship between Spiritual Democracy and Political Democracy. His reserve “Buffalo Nationalism” is a critique of cow worship and cow nationalism of the Hindutva forces. He thinks that the dignity of labor must be integrative of spiritual philosophy to abolish caste and race inequalities. He has been campaigning for English medium instruction in government faculties for the very last a few many years.

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