It is the equation of "English" and "Modernity" that must be broken. In this context, India would do well by taking a leaf out of the books of China and Japan who have developed all the trappings of modernity – heavy industry, a dynamic economy and improved standards of living – without embracing the English language as the pre-eminent mode of instruction in the modern subjects. It is no paradox that those non-Western peoples who have fared best out of the encounter with modernity are precisely those who have kept English at bay. As Altaf observes, “learning a language and learning in a language are two very different things.”CRI: Standing Upon the Ruins of the Macaulite Project: India, The English Language and the Need for a Native Idiom of Intellectual Discourse
Something to ponder: For some, the great thing about retail FDI is that it replaces native retailers with English educated MBA and 'retail experts'