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By Vaidehi Ramanathan

This ebook bargains a serious exploration of the function of English in postcolonial groups reminiscent of India. particularly, it specializes in a few neighborhood ways that the language falls alongside the traces of a class-based divide (with ancillary ones of gender and caste as well). The publication argues that problems with inequality, subordination and unequal worth appear to revolve at once round the common positioning of English with regards to vernacular languages. the writer was once raised and schooled within the Indian academic approach

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Together they have become reified into social practices and it would be worthwhile at this point to address briefly how this may have come about keeping Tsoukas’ (1998) previously discussed criteria in mind. Language policies and ideologies, as the preceding discussion has pointed out, contribute to implicit and explicit rules that organize human activity and thought, including how students are channeled, in particular, in invisible grooves deemed ‘appropriate’ by the larger socio-educational apparatus.

Look at the picture again. What else do you see? Well, this is either the sun or the moon. It is the sun. But we can’t see the whole of it. A part of it is dark. Why is it dark? Can you tell me? Is it because there is a solar eclipse? You are right. But why are these people beating drums and shouting? Look! In old days people believed in strange things. ’ So they came out of their houses. They beat the drums and made a lot of noise. ’ Sumeet: That is very strange. Uncle: Yes, it is. In some European countries too people had a similar belief.

Why are they beating drums? Why are they shouting? Wait a little. Look at the picture again. What else do you see? Well, this is either the sun or the moon. It is the sun. But we can’t see the whole of it. A part of it is dark. Why is it dark? Can you tell me? Is it because there is a solar eclipse? You are right. But why are these people beating drums and shouting? Look! In old days people believed in strange things. ’ So they came out of their houses. They beat the drums and made a lot of noise.

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