Linguistic imperialism.


Byline: NAIMATULLAH GADHI - Khairpur Mirs

Pakistan is multicultural and multilingual country, at least 74 languages are spoken in Pakistan out of that sixty six are indigenous languages and eight are non indigenous languages. Languages are dies or extinct when one prestige language have dominance on other languages. In Pakistan many indigenous languages are endanger because of linguistics imperialism of English and Urdu.

Many elite class families prefer to send their children in westernize modern schools to seek command in English language. It is their believe having good command in English language makes them rich and considered them educated. Privates schools are depriving their students to learn their first language. Even though the liturgical language can also be taught in schools then why not they have not been taught their first language which is their fundamental and basic right. Here I am not seem to show linguistic prejudice against Urdu and English language.

I accept the truth, English language is essential for everyone to seek command because it is the language of media, information technology , trade, business , world politics, science and cyberspace, but it does not mean English language is magic wand that can open the door to prosperity. In fact, many developed countries have their own universal language still they are progressing by leaps and bounds in economy and modern technology. Sadly, in Pakistan many regional languages are under the threat of 'linguistic imperialism' such as: Sindhi, Punjabi, Saraiki, Pashto and Balochi. Although these languages are spoken by wide range of peoples as compare to Urdu. Since...

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