The importance of native languages... By Abdul Aala
04 March, 2013
By studying the history of the world one comes to know about everything the strong nations, which have captured the weak nations of the world. They, at first, introduced their language into the lives of the people to let those people forget about their own culture and heritage, and adapt to the culture and heritage of their new masters. They knew that language is the most important part of any culture.
Unfortunately, our nation is amongst the victims of such damage, The English people left the region but left the English language amongst us so that we would be its slaves. It is a bitter reality that we have started to forget the use of our mother tongues in our daily lives. We consider ourselves inferior when speaking the native languages because English is a status symbol in our society — this is a pity.
It is unfortunate to see that in our society a foreign language has made us hostage of itself. It is as though we ourselves want to be the victims. The nations of the world who have flourished have always promoted their national and native languages in their societies and in the world e.g. China, Germany, France and Russia. The importance of the English language is inescapable internationally and English should be taught and practiced in society. However, it should come after the national and native languages of our region. If we Pakistanis want to be a proud nation we should promote and preserve our national and native languages to minimise the influence of foreign languages in our society.
SYED ABDUL AALA TIRMIZI