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The future of English language in Pakistan:
With the exit of the Britishers from Indo-Pak, subcontinent. It was presumed in some extremist quarters that English language will also go to its native land soon. But the deep roots which this language had struck into the Indian soil from the beginning of the present country were hard to be shaken and the course which the later events took belied the expectations of the narrow-minded nationalists who wanted an immediate replacement of this language by a language of our own.
English had been facing opposition, and bitter and unbridled criticism since the time of its introduction in the administrative as well as academic field. This antagonism was further intensified when the nationalist movement gathered momentum. Finally it becomes an important item of the policy to discourage the use of English and to encourage the spread of a common language and also to develop the regional languages which contained a fairly rich heritage of literature.
The diversity of languages and dialects is so great in Pakistan that it was very difficult to choose a common language which could be granted the status of national language. After great deliberations, Urdu was chosen as the lingua franca’ of West Pakistan and Bengali of East Pakistan. It is rightly asserted that until Urdu and Bengali gains the goodwill of all people of the country, no progress and promotion of the language is possible. Thus a go-slow policy in regard to the change over from English to Urdu or Bengali became indispensable and justifiable.
No body can deny the fact that it is against the national pride of Pakistan to retain this foreign language as the ‘lingua franca’ even after the exit of the British nesters. No body would suggest that English should continue to dominate our-educational system our culture and civilization and our administrative set-up. But on the other hand it will be entirety unjust to ignore the vital importance of this language not only in Pakistan but in the international field also. English is at present occupying the position of commercial language connecting the East with West and North with the South, and we are to see whether we can do without this language at the present juncture. It is the language of political negotiations, science, commerce and industry. We may rightly feel proud of our national languages but under the hysteria of this pride we should not refuse to know other languages but under the hysteria of this pride we should not refuse to know other language and cultures.
It cannot be denied that Pakistan is industrially and scientifically a backward country. We cannot shut car eyes to the pressing need of the spread of technical and scientific education in the country and until we are in a position to produce sufficient number of scientists and technicians, our developmental plans will go to dogs. This is enough to vindicate the imperative need of this language in higher branches of knowledge, particularly scientific and technical.
Still to keep the wheels of our progress going and to keep in touch with the best and latest of the present world, we will, continue studying this language. Even after complete changeover from English to Urdu or Bengali we shall study English not as a tyrannous language of our rulers but with the spirit with which a foreigner takes to the study of our national languages. It will not dominate our culture and civilization but it will rather work as a source of inspiration for it and will elevate our national pride.
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