'Untouchables' make English a matter of faith for India's poor
Published 28/10/2010 | 05:00
India's downtrodden "untouchables" are to open a temple to a "Goddess of the English language" in honour of Thomas Babington Macaulay, an architect of the British Empire, writes Dean Nelson.
Leaders of India's low-caste Dalits are to celebrate the opening of a temple to inspire children to improve their prospects in life by learning English. They believe learning English will open up new opportunities for the 160 million Dalits.
Dalits are India's most persecuted caste and its members suffer violence and discrimination throughout the country.
"The idea is to make English a matter of faith among Dalits because we believe it is an empowering language," said Chandra Bhan Prasad, the Dalit author behind the plan. (© Daily Telegraph, London)