We had heard the slogan “Gujarat Shining”, the actual developments being in great part due to the great efforts of our Prime Minister Honorable Narendra Modi. Very few people indeed have had the privilege of serving both their home state and then the Nation in the manner of our Honorable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi. The population of Gujarat is about 67 million. The population of France is also about 67 million.
It is by now common knowledge that critical signature details of the Scorpene Submarines that we purchased from France were leaked to the whole world before even the first submarine arrived in India. The leak occurred when very irregular companies were used to translate the Submarine’s Documents from French into English. What?? India wants its critical military security documents translated from French to English!! What a shame on us.
Did any single Educationist from Gujarat observe: “French Scientists and Engineers can study Science in French and their Submarine design documents and war-plane design documents are in French” and ask “Gujarat has a population equal to that of France. With our Chief Minister now being the Prime Minister why cannot Gujarat — with a population equal to that of France — run a good quality Scientific Establishment and design a submarine and fighter planes, all done in the Gujarati Medium? Certainly Prime Minister Narendra Modi will help us with this effort, after all, Gujarati is his mother tongue and he was our Chief Minister as well.” If no, this is an opportunity they have lost to improve the status and condition of their own langauge. ..Anyway, if all the major Scientific Establishments in Gujarat were operating in English, they would to have been aware of the English short-story whose moral is oft quoted as: “Do not try to Shine in Borrowed Feathers”. And they would have instantly seen the problem with the slogan “Gujarat Shining”; and they themselves would have requested that this slogan is actually better not used. The fact that they did not see the problem is indicative of something missing. This something is precisely stemming from the cognitive dissonance that has overtaken us.
Gujarat has several Universities that have English departments and there are even complete governmental establishments exclusively for English. Most of them, when asked about the origins and history of the English Language can do little more than mention the Anglo-Saxon invasion of England.
Did any single English Language Professor in Gujarat study the origins and the original English Language (which we may tell our reader hardly bears resemblance to the present day English), and use this to predict the future of the English Language and advise the Gujarati Scientific Establishment which is today operating in English, as to what may be the global future of English and what steps are appropriate for us in the regard? Do we have any Political Scientists studying the international dimensions of the language question, and if so, did they help in this process? If no, we do not have any single scholar of English of any use to our society at all, nor do we have any scholars of International Relations worth the name.
Have the Directors of Gujarat’s Research Establishments properly answered the following questions regarding the use of the English language and clearly written position papers on the same – What is the impact of running the Scientific Establishment in English on our social fabric? What is the impact of English on the mind of a student whose mother-tongue is not English? (Is it their unspoken case that there is no impact or is it their unspoken case that the students do not have a mind?) For how long does Gujarat plan to continue running its Scientific Establishment in English? What is the future of English in the rest of the World? What is the impact of an English-speaking Scientific Establishment on the Languages of Gujarat and India? What is the International Political impact of Indians speaking English? Do we have a position-paper on these critical questions on the interface of science and society? Do they realize that a large section of the World looks upon Indian Scientists as Monkeys – this word being explicitly used? If no, they are not fit to be the Directors of Research Establishments or of Institutions of Higher Learning.
India is a country that boasts about “respecting elders and Teachers” as part of our cultural heritage. India is a country that boasts about the “Guru-Sishya” relationship. Has any good quality teacher and/or any good quality student asked the question: “Is it morally right that the very respected teacher-student relationship functions in a language that is neither the teacher’s nor the student’s, nor the State’s, nor determined by Scientific Procedure, nor by democratic procedure, but pushed on us by fraud?
Excerpt from the book India in Cognitive Dissonance – an explosive hard-hitting myth-buster, a timely reminder for the decadent Indian society and a masterpiece on Indian geopolitics published by GreatGameIndia – India’s only quarterly journal on Geopolitics & International Relations.