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Thomas Macaulay is the British enthu cutlet who introduced English-medium education to India in 1835. He believed that the language of the vernies was crude, boorish and limiting and that English was inherently superior ('who could deny that a single shelf of a good European library was worth the whole literature of India and Arabia’). He wanted to create a dingo race of anglicised Indians who would serve as cultural intermediaries between the British and the Indians ('a class of persons Indian in blood and colour, but English in tastes, in opinions, in morals and in intellect.')

The term "Macaulay's child" therefore is a pejorative term for an Indian who has embraced Western culture, language and habits. However, in the Dalit community, the term has positive associations. The Dalits truly believe that learning English is the key to upward mobility and a way to bridge cast and economic divides. They believe that Macaulay broke the stronghold of Sanskrit, Persian and Arabic teaching, a privilege of only the elite castes.

Recently a couple of Dalit's built a temple dedicated to "Goddess English" and members of the Dalit intelligentsia were found celebrating Macaulay's 206th happy birday over some scotch!

Usage

Proud Indian Aunty 1: My daughter is working at a BPO in Delhi. We are so proud. The reason she got this MNC job was because she speaks perfect English! And she dresses in jeanspant every day.

Envious Indian Aunty 2:(under her breath): Stupid Macaulay's child, no culture!

Added 2013-04-29 by Dishoom Dishoom

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

People

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Literally means blackening of the face implying intense disgrace/shame or loss of honour resulting in metaphorical defacing.
Mostly,when precepts of Bhartiya sanskriti are violated,this phenomenon occurs."Muh kaala karna" can take place at micro or macro level i.e the recipient of "blackened face can either be individual,family,community or nation.In India,scams and scandals are chief ways of "Muh kaala karna"

Usage

Father : I saw you walking with a man in the park last evening..Kiske saath muh kala ka rahi? (Who were you cootchie cooing and bringing upon dishonour)
Daughter: Hey bhagwan!It was my friend,Deepa..She's cut her hair recently


Hindi Journalist; Congress MP Abhishek Singhvi ke sex tape ne Congress ka Muh kal karn diya. (Congress MP's sex tape has brought disgrace to the party)
Viewer: Aur Kala kar diya? (As if there was further scope for disgrace?)

Modi:Coalgate ne desh ka muh kala kiya hain (The coal scam has blackened the nation's face)

Added 2012-09-11 by Behenjigaga

Root

Hindi

Region

All India

Definition

awar mallu teaschers keef tolding us this fraworb in eschool to mayk yay whill sin sines :D

Usage

cheeldran to be success in life u shud mayk yay whill sin sines :D
Added 2011-08-05 by whattey!!

Root

English

Region

india

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Definition

To flatter someone usually to achieve one's ends

Usage

I am going to maska lagau my missus and earn some brownie points
Added 2011-07-08 by Christine

Root

Hindi

Region

All India

Categories

WALTO

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Definition

You usually call someone "Michael Jaikishan" to the accompaniment of an "Aicchhhhh!" It can refer to anyone who dances well (or spectacularly badly), or when a Birgade Road Babu or other road Romeo is dressed particularly nattily.

Usage

"Aich, Michael Jaikishan in the house!"
"Come on men, they shrank in the wash."
Added 2011-07-06 by Minkey Chief