Topic– Part of static series under the heading – “Provisions related to official language in the Constitution”
1) What do you understand by three language policy? Critically comment on the view that the language conundrum in India can be resolved only by making English the link language?(250 words)
Key demand of the question
The question expects us to explain what the three language policy means, what kind of language conundrum exists in India, and whether making English as the link language would be an exercise in practicality or futility.
Critically comment – When you are asked to comment, you have to pick main points and give your ‘opinion’ on them based on evidences or arguments stemming from your wide reading. Critically comment is also forming opinion on main points but in the end you have to provide a fair judgement.
Structure of the answer
Introduction – Explain that the three language policy was conceptualised as a solution for the problems coming in enacting a common language policy for the nation .It was recommended by Committee of parliament on official languages.
Body – Give details on three language policy, give arguments for and against the idea of making English as the link language. Discuss what the vision of the framers of our constitution was and whether making a departure from that view would be prudent. Go through the constitutional assembly debates on official language policy for greater insights.
Conclusion – Give your view on the solution to language conundrum in India.