Congratulations guys.. we are successfully poisoning ‘mai marathi’ and embracing english and hindi successfully.
When I was in school.. I was asked by my parents to give attention in English class. (I took my school education in Marathi medium). Ten years later, I find parents telling their child to concentrate more in Marathi class. They make their child join special tuition for Marathi. I have many of my friends who can speak and understand Marathi very well.. but find it very hard.. and time consuming to read the devnagari script. That’s why I am writing this post in English rather than in Marathi. (will cautiously write in minglish for your convenience). I wonder if last decade of 20th century was sufficient for wiping off Marathi script from the mind of young educated people.
It is well accepted fact that the language used has direct impact on all the dimension of human life. First blow is taken by the art,literature and second by culture. Art and literature is already blown out by english/hindi.. this is seen by closing down of numerous Marathi schools and depleting number of good writers and poets. The superior quality Marathi movies that we are watching these days are made by the last generation of so called Marathi ppl… the people of last decade of 20th century who still think in marathi!
Before english people established their hold on Indian territory.. a british analyser had written a letter to English king; summery of that letter was “indian people are closely knit by their language, if we want to establish control over this vast region we first have to change the thinking of these people by teaching them english”. Thinking responds in action. And this is exactly what has happened. Because of over emphasis on English the convent going school children loose marathi touch right from the Jr. KG. Same thing applies to marathi medium students when he goes to college.
In mumbai local I find the youth reading gujrati newspaper, some tamil, telugu newspaper, or navbharat times.. but a youth reading loksatta, lokmat, sakal, MaTaa..is very difficult to find. That is real pity I must say. Friends ask each other: Tu Times nahi wachat tar kai honar baba tujha... effect: apan times wachaila lagto.. pan times madhye nemka kai wachto/baghto te sugnyaas sangne nako.
I completely agree that, world and national news are very well covered in English paper. But what about the regional news.?? NONE of the english paper gives the balanced views on regional news. And most importantly what about literature and the cultural touch?? Sakal’s Mukhapeeth, Loksatta’s Chaturang etc. these supplements are thousand times better than the BT, PT supplements. Reading or atleast browsing through these paper would suffice. It will keep that marathi-ness in you and marathi thinking alive…but Arey aplyala Marathi mahitach naste kai ahe te tar kashala apulki watel mai baddal tya peksha videshi vaghinach bari..nahika.
The reason why french and german opposed english was that, english is a poor language..German, French were to proud to neglect their own rich language for sake of english. Marathi is also a very rich language.. far rich than english.. but here we find bliss in reading dan brown than Shivaji Sawant. Mrutyunjai, Yayati, Peshwa, Chava etc. reading these books will make you realise the superiority of Marathi. I agree, that not much of new writer are of the calibre to match with those epic writers.. but why would there be any.. when the cream of society.. that is you, is afraid to buy a marathi news paper… mag ashi darjedar lekhak tayar tari kuthun honar? CB chya futkal novel peksha changly novel marathi madhye nahi ka lihita yenar? It is possible.. but for that marathi reading is important.
Ani, Marathi pustak vachave ki nahi, ha tumcha nirnay ahe.. pan pudhchya pidhee la Marathi pasun duravnyacha hakk tumhala koni dila?? At least save it for next generation as a speaking language.
Bottomline.. at least read/browse marathi newspaper.
About Marathi Schools… I opine it is time that all marathi schools of urban areas must be converted to semi english.. In semi-english medium all subjects are taught in marathi medium excluding science and mathematics which are taught in english medium. Teaching science and math in english will keep parents happy that their child will is getting ready for future. (I donno how come these baseless thing affect the fragile mind of parent :p.. I have many friends who speak and are grammatically more correct than those hailing from english medium. and are equally successful career-wise). Teaching marathi of marathi medium will keep its quality intact. Nahitari Shivaji-maharajanchya itihasachi chav english madhun ti kai yenar.. shivaaji chya aivajee shiv-ji mhananari bhasha ti. Nustich shikshit karnyapeksha, mule ‘su’shikshit karne mahatvache aste.. sanskrutiche jaan asnare shikshak asave lagtat..tya sanskruti chi jaan ya matitlya “shaletch” milel.. “school” madhye navhe!
Mala vachvaichi ahe Marathi, karan ya maticha ani majha sambandh ajun tutla nahie.
Mala vachvaichi ahe Marathi, karan hrudayala jaun bhidnari taakat maiboli shivay dusryaat nahi.
Mala vachvaichi ahe Marathi, karan.. karan ti mai aahe majhi.
मराठी भाषा दिन अभिष्टचिंतन!!!
P.S.- Second part of this blog is: Importance of Local Languages for Unity of India. You can directly access it at: