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Christianity in IndiaFrom Beginnings to the Present$
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Robert Eric Frykenberg

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780198263777

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263777.001.0001

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ELITE EDUCATION AND MISSIONARIES

ELITE EDUCATION AND MISSIONARIES

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(p.301) 11 ELITE EDUCATION AND MISSIONARIES
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Christianity in India
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Robert Eric Frykenberg (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263777.003.0011

This chapter examines the establishment of modern English education in India. Today, India is second only to the United States as the largest English-speaking and English-reading country in the world. Much of the story of how English achieved a status as the only current continent-wide and all-India-wide language lies in its acquisition by mahajan elites who wished to preserve their dominance. In this effort, the work of the Scottish missionaries — Duff, Wilson, and Anderson — contributed to this elite drive for education in English. Thereafter, upper-class missionaries, especially those who ran the elite colleges, did much to bring about the establishment of Indian-English as the paramount language of the entire continent.

Keywords:   modern education, learning, English, Mahajans, missionary teachers, upper class, elite

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