Tuesday, March 22, 2005

BANGLADESH: English, capitalism and snobbery -

The use of English in this country has turned out to be a rather easy means of coming by capital and therefore affluence. You see it all around you. Observe the private universities, so ubiquitous and so pretentious in their appearance. You tend to come by the feeling that the young men and women who make their way to these expensive universities, most of which by the way do not in any sense of the term qualify to be universities, are the nation builders of the future. That is a false notion, in a very large way. These are young people who are being influenced by the idea that they are part of the elite, that those who remain outside the universities they are part of are the old peasantry that cannot do the country any good..............More