The English Divide

When we set up our call centers, we drop the subtlety entirely and start accent classes to teach our young people to abandon the speech patterns of our own society and to migrate to a virtual, linguistic middle America, where they become impersonators of people they will never meet and never know.

But within India, we still treat our own English as the great social decider. We laugh at regional accents, smirk at those who make grammatical errors and feel most at home with those who talk like us.
Everyone else belongs on the other side of the English divide. And as it turns out, the other side of the class and caste divide as well.

Barkha Dutt – The English Divide

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