Language drives culture. I have always found it odd that the French understand it, whilst the anglophones, germans, and other europeans do not.

If you think Google-izing language is bad, I’ll raise you one: India is a remarkably pluralistic place, with Hindi as the national language, and at least a dozen major languages spoken depending on your province of birth. In Bangalore and that central southern region, they speak Cannada; in Chennai, it’s Tamil; in Kolkata, it’s Bengali.

(Anecdotally, one of the more amusing situations that occurred when I was on assignment in Bangalore was when my driver drove me to Chennai; when he asked for directions of other drivers, he didn’t of course speak Tamil; they didn’t speak Cannada OR Hindi. So, they communicated in the only common language they all had, which was English.)

I digress. Point here is if you’re not-rich in India, you go to public schools and are taught in the local tongue; if you’re middle class and above and able, you send you kids to private schools where they are taught in English. This caused a bit of an uprising amongst the lower classes, because they’re not stupid; they know that English proficiency is a ticket to higher earning jobs. So, IIRC, most of the public schools in India have switched over to English for their instruction (this may vary from state to state; India is extremely federal, even more so than Jefferson and Franklin envisioned.)

Obviously, over time, this leads to a devolution of local culture. Pity, that.

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Data Driven Econophile. Muslim, USA born. Been “woke” 2x: 1st, when I realized the world isn’t fair; 2nd, when I realized the “woke” people are full of shit.

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