Regional literature in the light of Indian English: An overview
While there are 23 recognized regional languages in India, there are an additional 2,000 regional languages spoken there. English is thus indispensable in this country. In a country like India, where the national language would be impossible, the colonizers bestowed to us the now-universally-spoken English in exchange for the plunder of India's valuable cultural artifacts. This study takes a look at the term "literature" through the lens of Indian English and analyses works written by Indian authors in the English language and works written in India's regional languages. By associating itself with post-colonial literature, IWE claims to be superior than India's regional literature. Since IWE is not a discrete body, most of what constitutes it comes from the amalgamation of Indian Diaspora literature written in English. Contrarily, Regional literature struggles to take a deep breath since it cannot find a large enough audience to be uplifted and its aroma spread over the globe like IWE has.