A Comprative Study of the Changes of the Language Policy From Colonised India to Independent India


‘Linguistic Imperialism’ is considered very common as we can see nowadays some languages dominating other languages as is the case of the English Language. This paper is a comparative study that investigates the reasons that cause 'Linguistic Imperialism' as a phenomenon, the impact of the British Imperialism on Education in India, and how it affected the language used as a medium of instruction. It also introduced some historical background about the British Imperialism in India and the British practices to suppress the Hindi vernaculars and use English as an official language instead. Moreover, the research also studied some contemporary education policies to identify the phases of language decolonisation in the Indian Educational system, and if they have succeeded in promoting their local vernaculars. In the end, the paper provides some recommendations and suggestions that might help educators and local governments instill the value of their local languages in the Indian society.

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Ranya El Haddad, The British University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Conference: ECE2022
Stream: Educational policy

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