The end of the British Raj didn't signal the end of English in India.

Mohd Tahir Amin Khan

Abstract


The end of the British Raj did not signal the end of English in India ; on the other hand, the language had by then very much seeped into the Indian creative psyche.  By the time Prof. K.R.Sreenivasa Iyengar’s comprehensive and detailed survey Indian Writing in English came out in 1962, there was no longer any necessity to debate the existence of a parallel literature in the English language arguably similar in more than one way to the various regional literatures.  In the last four decades, the number of Indians writing in English has increased considerably so much so that a pressing need for creative appraisal and evaluation in terms of a pan-Indian aesthetic surfaced of necessity ( Many conferences and

Symposia like the one hosted by Prof. C.D.Narasimhaiah at Dhvanyaloka to develop a Common Indian Poetic for all Indian literatures have taken place in many parts of the country.)  There has also been a similar rise in the percentage of readership as the huge number of publishers and distributors of books and periodicals in English that have emerged of late would reveal. The language has not died out in India but survived and prevailed in indigenous artistry.


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