By Prof A Majeed Chaudhry
“Linguistic complexes” — as there is nothing like your own mother tongue. We learn other languages for learning scientific knowledge. We tend to feel shy of speaking our own language.
In various parts of the country local language is spoken widely. In Punjab for example in educated class Urdu is spoken. Very well this is our national language. In slightly higher strata of society children speak English only; and sadly enough this is taken as a pride and falsely at that.
It’s always an advantage to learn more languages; but we mustn’t forget our basic norms. Just a thought and something for all of us to ponder over.
We learn other languages for learning scientific knowledge. We tend to feel shy of speaking our own language.
English specifically has become a benchmark of competency, primarily amongst the self proclaimed elite of this country.
From historically trolling cricket players for poor English to a bottomless obsession with conversing in English during daily interactions, we’ve become a nation that refuses to shake off the post-colonial hangover.
As a society, this is evident in parents’ incessant desire to ensure that their children only speak foreign languages.
These children then go on to struggle with connecting with their own land and the majority of people that live within it. PAK DESTINY