Linguistic Equity: India’s Path to Social Justice

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Heath Harrison


In 2009 India passed The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act. This may be the most important legislation for democracy in India’s history. As a result of this law, the people of India have demonstrated the belief that democratic education is truly the answer to freedom and equality for every Indian citizen as 96% of all of their eligible primary aged students are currently attending free and compulsory schools (Education in India, 2014). This Constitutional law and its practical fulfillment can be clearly seen through the integration of each of India’s spoken and written languages on Nationwide Standardized Exams, in National Textbooks, and within Teachers’ Classroom Practice which will reveal how citizenship education is redefining democracy in India through linguistic equity.


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