11. Did You Know English
English in India is no longer a language of the colonial masters. In some important domains of activity, it has become an integral part of the Indian multilingual repertoire. English plays an important role in the domains of education, administration, business and political relations, judiciary, industry, etc. and is therefore a passport to social mobility,
higher education, and better job opportunities. This paper argues that there is a growing need to teach English to people belonging to lower strata of society as well.