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English Speakers in India

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It is an irony that despite being an Indian, we promote a foreign language and sideline our mother tongue, unlike China. However, the bitter truth is that English has become our necessity and we cannot ignore it. We all are desirous of good jobs, interact with international stakeholders, and even want our children to study in decent schools. Arguably, sound communication skills increment our chances to attain a haven to manifold. Various research reports second this very thought as well.

In one such study, which was conducted by three students (Mehtabul Azam, Aimee Chin, Nishith Prakash) of different American Universities, Similar findings were revealed. The report released in 2010 inferred that  people with good English communication skills hold an edge over lesser or non-English speakers in terms of earning hourly wages. The study entitled “The Returns to English-Language Skills in India”, based its findings on India Human Development Survey (IHDS) 2005 data and unleashed the following stats:

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On an average, among fluent English speakers in India, males get 34% and females get 22% higher hourly wages. The percentage of kaam chalaau (Okay type) English speakers getting hourly wages however remained  low, at 13% for males and 10% for females.

The statistics are sufficient to depict the necessity of English in our professional life. However, in our social life as well, the impact of English communication has been telling. While the rural areas are still content with communicating in native language, most of the urban areas differ significantly. Specifically in the metro cities, the headcounts of English speaking people are increasing at a rapid pace. However, we are still lagging behind in the overall numbers. Another data posted in 2007 by Jobsite.Y-Axis echoes this thought with the below stats:

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India was the second largest English speaking nation after the US, which was near about 300 million and equivalent to 100 percent of the United States population at that time. Moving over, on an estimated 350 million English users in India, around 100 million were English speakers.

So, what about the rest? The data  depicts the situation that existed 7 years back, wonder what is the current scenario? The below facts from a more recent report  answer the question.

In a Google fusion Table (published in 2012) including the List of Countries by English speaking Population,

India  was yet again only second to the US, with 12.16% English speakers out of the eligible over 1 billion Indians. Though, this ratio was too low as compared to the United States where out of an eligible 280,950,438 populace, 95.19% spoke English. China was deep down the list with, 0.83% of English speaking population  out of an estimated 1,200,000,000 people.

However, Chinese people promote their own language religiously in corporate silos, education institutes, etc., and even want the foreigners to learn Chinese if they wish to do jobs there. Hence, such low percentage is not a matter of worry for them but us, the Indians.

All these statistics are fair enough to give a certain idea of where does our country stand and how far do we need to go from here. We are lagging behind in English communication heavily, and the consequences are obvious – We work on lesser salaries, don’t have satisfying jobs, the kids and the grownups in our society are hardly communicative in English, and so on.

English Speakers in IndiaSome instant and perhaps efficacious steps to improve this situation could be to:

  • Improve our own communication skills; the beginning has to be made from somewhere deep within.
  • Spread awareness about the importance of this language
  • Develop interest for the language among others in our society

Following these points may well acts as the stepping stone toward ensuring a decent growth, both in our personal and professional life.

We can give excuses ranging from education to upbringing to not-so-good company, etc., for our bad communication. However, these reasons are not going to help us at all. Instead, we ought to work on this language, which despite being from the British, rules the roost in India.

The succeeding blog post would enlighten the scene with some interesting yet valuable tips to improve English communication skills. Until then, keep rocking!


It is quiet natural for me to surrender to temptations and this time, it is the desire to write something for myself that is playing the spoilsport. But since, it is related to my inner self, I would love face the music.There is indeed a lot to share between me and you, though until now I used to hide all those feelings but now I have decided to go public. In the hope that I might find some admirers for my philosophy, I would like to start this note, on a positive note.

In my childhood days, I had an image of my future days where I am driving a big spacious car on a lone road that goes till eternity. Further, I wished to have a telephone of my own, as in those days, way back in 1980s, owning a personal telephone number was considered to be a prestigious issue and the one most desired thing of which I dreamt of was to have a piece of land of my own where I could have my dream house. Overall, I dreamt to be rich and a little bit famous.

Those were the childhood days; I had plenty of time to think about all those things with not even a single doubt that I would ever be able to miss out on all those things. It was only later on when I entered the real world that I realized this lacerating fact that most of the dreams seen with the open eyes remain dreams forever, just to make it sure that they are equally loved and cherished forever, more like the Kashmir issue, that never gets solved and we still dream it to get sorted out one day.

All the struggle and the hardships I came across taught me how to survive in this mean world and so called conspiracies against me made me more tough and rock solid to face almost any adverse situation. One thing was sure right from the day I started wandering on the crowded roads of Delhi, the capital city of India that I am here to stay, come what may. Those who were against me helped a lot to build up my personality since it were they who made me believe in myself. Had I been a nobody, why would they care to oppose me, simple logic isn’t it?

Well, coming back to my dreams, now I do have a number of my own and of course a personal cellphone, thanks to the unprecedented global revolution in the mobile technology and the  slashing down of call rates to an all time low for both prepaid and post paid connections . But except this ‘so called achievement’ that came by default, I am still dreaming to go for a long drive on my Mercedes only to end at my own farmhouse, the piece of my land that I dreamt of next in the line.

Have you ever thought how silly we are in our younger days to think that all the big luxuries and worldly possessions are just a clap away? Unfortunately, I was fool enough to believe such a fallacy till a long time even in my later days as well. As a result, here I am, neither driving a Mercedes nor enjoying golf at my private golf course, but simply writing about all those plush and lavish luxuries.

This is not only an irony for me but is the lamenting truth of the millions all across the world who bear the brunt of being born and brought up in a middle classed family. Not all of us could be a heir to Bill Gates, or Ambanis and those who have got such an honor, obviously, by default, don’t care much about such ‘useless’ things.

Once again, it is nothing but a mockery of all of us to spend billions in a short-lived function spanning just few hours where we strive hard to earn even thousands in a whole month. To top it all, how can we forgive someone who owns such a vast extent of unaccountable money that is more than sufficient to feed the crores of people who are starving to death every single day in the wake of dearth of food?

Ever thought how many zeroes are there in seventy thousand crores, let me check out…unit, ten, hundred, thousand, ten thousand, lacs, ten lacs, crore, ten crore multiplied by seven thousand and it comes out to be a whopping 12 zeroes after seven, to be precise, 70,00,00,00,00,000 INR or in English numbers, you can rephrase it as 7,000,000,000,000:

7 trillion Indian rupees = 157.16400 billion U.S. dollars.

Just think about it, and try to find out ways to approach the big daddies of such a scandal. Who knows, if you could also get that much rich and famous.

This was my personal approach towards the twists and turns the world around me is talking these days. You can also switch over to my other blog and get even with an altogether different aspect of mine as well.