Language

Prema Daniel

Language is the most important tool in a child's learning experience. Children are introduced to languages other than their mother tongue at a very early age. Most schools choose English as the medium of instruction because parents (and the public) want children to be exposed to English as early as possible, as it is seen as a stepping stone to success.

Geeta Ramanujam

Ranjani Raghavan

I am a Tamilian brought up in Mumbai. I could speak Hindi, English and Tamil by the age of three. I also started speaking Gujarati because I had Gujarati friends and I learnt a completely new language in the most natural way! But I still can't hold a conversation for more than five minutes in Marathi- a language I learnt for six years at school.

Ashvin Srivatsa

Usha Mukunda

Prema Raghunath

Language is an entirely unique human activity that has no real comparison in any other species, though there is enough evidence to show that animals, both land and aquatic, birds and insects 'communicate' with each other and with the rest of their community to survive and procreate. Of course the 'finer' sentiments of love and loyalty are expressed by gaze and licking and so on.

Sonali Nag

Nat Ramachandran

Vijay Padaki

Opening Thoughts

Dr. Jennifer Bayer

Diverse and united India is complex with many cultures and faiths, ways of life, dress and food habits, traditions and rituals. The different religions of the Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Sikh, Muslim, Christian, with a variety of sects, and varying tribal religious beliefs are like petals of one flower.

This diversity extends over to Indian languages as well.

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