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It must be English, all the way

“I am the monarch of all I survey; my rights there is none to dispute”. English seems to assert its pre-eminent position as an international language, while the rest of the languages, specially the popular ones, have been wondering how English managed to overtake them effortlessly.

English became omnipresent during the colonial era when it was enthroned as an official language of these countries. Moreover, the English were less rigid unlike some other European countries as far as the growth of the language is concerned. Ever-so-many non-English words found their ways into English dictionaries and the natives saw it as a friendly approach. The contribution of cricket deserves special mention. This game became a favorite one of the colonized countries and the natives [people living in British colonies] listened to English commentaries. On top of all these things English was taught in schools and colleges; and the students and teachers loved Shakespeare, Wordsworth or Keats as much as they loved their own native poets and novelists.

In view of the above facts and more, English is reigning supreme but I happened to come across an article [to my dismay] in a leading journal which publishes thought provoking articles. The author of this article says that the days of English as an international language are numbered. According to him modern nationalism and technology will make it less popular. Whatever it may be, the world does need an international language and it should be the well established English.

Author: P U Krishnan

First things first. I am one of those retired chaps who are young at heart. I watch cricket matches and jump for joy when Tendulkar scores yet another century. I read newspapers and books too, though I am not crazy about them. I think I have a mind free from hatred and I owe it to the wonders of nature and music. I scribble something now and then and call myself a writer! Though I have settled in Ooty, a lovely hill station in Tamil Nadu—I must emphasize the fact that I was born and brought up in Tellicherry in North Kerala and studied in the good old Government Brennen College. Of and on, my mind goes back to my ancestral house at Tiruvangad in Tellicherry in front of an ancient Sri Ram temple. I am indebted to this wonderful place which inculcated in me a love for cricket and literature. But all said and done, I am an Indian first.

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