dated April 24, 1959: “Guardian’s” view

The Manchester Guardian on April 23 welcomed the news that a committee of the Indian Parliament had recommended the use of English as a subsidiary official language – even after Hindi becomes the main official language in six years’ time. It is difficult to see how this proposal could be bettered, the Guardian said. “The committee points to the richness and near-universality of English and adds that it must for a long time remain a great help to Indians engaged in advanced scientific and technical work. It has all along been clear that India would suffer a serious loss if the language in which so many of her educated citizens have been trained was cut off and treated as just another foreign language, though an important one.”

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