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Do you know the Hindi word for 'menu'? Can you name the three greatest writers who wrote in the Punjabi language? Can you appreciate Faiz's poetry without the aid of a translator? Unfortunately, neith...
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Setting the record straight once and for all.
I recently visited a primary school in Tirur, Malappuram district, Kerala. The language of instruction was English. The teacher had great enthusiasm, but the children didn't quite share it and seemed to be restless and distracted. To get to the bottom of this, I decided to have an informal chat with one of the students, Atul. When I asked him what he had learned in class, he was stumped. He didn't know what the teacher was even talking about.