[lg policy] India: Lessons in English for today's diplomats

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jan 16 15:25:19 UTC 2010

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The Times of India

Lessons in English for today's diplomats

English may be the preferred language of international diplomacy, but
one of the results of growing democratization is that some of the
candidates who want to serve in India's missions overseas have entered
after taking exams in regional languages - which means they need
special language training in English apart from whichever foreign
language they choose.

Out of the 19 IFS probationers of the 2008 batch, six had made it
through the civil service exams with Hindi as their first language,
answering their papers in Hindi. For the first time, arrangements had
to be made to teach English to probationers who were weak in English.
Senior foreign service officers are certainly not happy about the
trend - "Imagine getting recruits who cannot even speak English!"

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