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Development of Modern Language Text-Books and the Social Context in 19th Century Bengal

Development of Modern Language Text-Books and the Social Context in 19th Century Bengal Poromesh Acharya Colonial rule in West Bengal created conditions congenial to the growth of a new social class of bhadraloks. It is to cater to the needs of this class that the modern system of education developed in 19th century Bengal, Modern Bengali language developed during this period as the language of bhadraloks and modern language textbooks emerged as a corollary to the new system of education and reflected the cultural world of the bhadraloks. In the process indigent people, who had earlier participated in the indigenous vernacular system, were left out of the elementary system that took its place. Education became exclusively a bhadralok affair. In fact, this new education system developed parallel to the destruction of the indigenous system of the ordinary people.

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