International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

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Research Paper | English Language and Literature | India | Volume 12 Issue 10, October 2023 | Rating: 4.7 / 10

Role of English Language under British Colonial and Imperial System in India

Amar Chandra Vishwakarma

Abstract: This paper unwinds the ascendancy of English language in India which was under the direct impact of British Empire. Since time immemorial India has been one of the most promising countries in the world but unfortunately it was colonized by and large by the British Empire. Its marks can be seen so far, specifically of the language imperialism. English was promoted for the purpose of trade and business earlier, then it turned out to be the superior language of India. In due course of time it became the way to break free from social class system and was mostly learnt by the aristocrats. This paper justifies the questions: Should English language be admired or deplored? How Indian people had responded to English language? What endeavours were made by British Missionaries to include English language in Indian schools, colleges and universities? In order to come across the extensive effects of English during colonialism and imperialism a differentiation needs to be made between the direct and indirect influences and implementation of English language. The study also presents the attributes of language imperialism following the same paradigm as industrialist economic dominion.

Keywords: British, British India, Imperialism, Colonialism, English language

Edition: Volume 12 Issue 10, October 2023,

Pages: 1328 - 1330

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