Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
3) “An educational tilt in favor of Hindi has been gridlocked historically by our champions of linguistic diversity, if a language-based class barrier needs to be taken down, ‘English for all’ is probably the best possible fix to the problem in Indian scenario”. Critically analyse. (250 words)
Why this question:
The question is intended to critically analyse the factor of making Hindi as a compulsory language in the Indian education system.
Key demands of the question:
The answer must discuss in detail the language factor and the challenge of linguistic diversity that makes the question of compulsory language difficult in the education policy of India.
Critically analyze – When asked to analyze, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgement.
Structure of the answer:
In a few introductory lines discuss the issue, context of current draft education policy.
The body of the answer has to capture the following aspects:
- Explain first the historical debate of making Hindi a compulsory language.
- Why Hindi though is only the official language is given such importance despite the fact there is substantial opposition from the non-Hindi states.
- Discuss pros and cons of making Hindi a compulsory language in the education system.
- Explain the possible issues and challenges and suggest your opinion if English can provide to be a one stop solution for all issues.
Conclude with way forward and importance of preserving linguistic diversity.