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Re: Population in Brief 2023

Post by Wd40 » Tue, 03 Oct 2023 12:16 am

smoulder wrote:
Tue, 03 Oct 2023 12:03 am

Actually, among other things, there are plenty of Chinese schools in Malaysia where the medium of instruction is Mandarin. My wife is from one such school. As are many Malaysian Chinese you see in Singapore. This includes many who are doing well in the corporate world.

As far as India is concerned, I think you are perhaps forgetting that there is a large number of Indians who either don't have access to school or they are studying in non English medium schools. For us middle class Indians, it's easy to be blinded by the sight of the more privileged Indians (which includes us). Also, there is a billion and a half of us which is nearly 18 percent of the world's population. Of course, we are going to be prominent on the world stage, as are Chinese who are another 18 percent of the world.
Yes, I am talking about middle class Indians. I am 44 years old now and was born in 1980 when India was horribly poor country. My dad was brought up in really poor settings, he was not English medium, but he studied and worked hard and was able to put in an English convent school. There are tonnes of Indians who are similar to me and we have all done well and a big part in this is the English education.

I just feel so priviliged, because when I see in International settings, Indians really punch above their weight in terms of their skills. My skills are pretty mediocre compared to a Chinese, Malaysian or Indonesia who have done their education in their own mother tongue and then had to cope up with the English language at university level or after they found a job, and still do well. I think our generation/cohort of Indians are extremely lucky/privileged whatever you want to call it.

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