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In Queenspeak surely

English must be pushed at all cost, but we wonder about how it is done in many places.

india Updated: Oct 28, 2010 20:54 IST

In god we trust. Besides being the official motto of the United States of America, it is also the unofficial motto of a large number of Indians dependent on their sarkar. But in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur Kheri, the dictum has been stretched to its maximum. Thanks to the fact that State-sponsored education in not exactly of the top order, especially when it comes to foreign language training, a private institute has literally handed the responsibility to a new Goddess of Learning, not Saraswati, but English Devi!

According to the couple behind this spectacular brainwave, the idea of building a temple came to them not in the form of a dream but from difficulties faced in real life in real India and a personal setback. It so happened that an angrez visited the district recently and the husband, a post-graduate diploma holder, could not 'respond effectively' to the guest. Then they looked at the larger picture vis-a-vis the Dalit community in the state and realised only god could bring light (spoken English) into the zone of illiteracy. So while others would think of only opening a 'Spoken English' institute and minting money, the couple went a step ahead and invented a new deity.

Of course, we do not sniff at a neat business plan tucked away somewhere in the initiative, but then religion is big business everywhere, from the Vatican to Tirupati via Mecca. Truly, teaching English has now become a Brown Man's burden.

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