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Director

Center for India Studies

Professor

India Studies Center

Director

Center of India Studies

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Little India

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Professor S.N. Sridhar and his wife, Professor Meena Sridhar, who is director of the Center for India Studies, have both been keepers of the Indian languages at Stony Brook, State University of New York.

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Sridhar heads the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies and is professor of Linguistics.
,India is an extremely multilingual country,, he says, pointing out that while Hindi is the official language and English the associate official language, the constitution lists 20 languages but there are literally hundreds of languages in India, all living, vital languages. ,If you even take only languages that are spoken by more than 100,000 people, there are more than 400 languages like that.
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Meena Sridhar, associate professor of Linguistics and India Studies, who has researched language and cultural maintenance among Asian Indian children in the U.S. since 1983, says ,They are not losing the language as such, but many of them don,t have the opportunity to learn the language, especially those who are growing up in small towns rather than cosmopolitan towns.,She points out a child growing up in some small community in say, Indiana, where the family may be the only Hindi speakers, will find it harder to maintain the language, whereas in large Indian communities children find it easier to pick up culture and language.
There are, for example, more than 2000 undergraduates of Indian background on the Stonybrook campus, and they do speak the language.Meena Sridhar says, ,It,s not perfect grammar, but then we linguists don,t worry about perfectly formed grammatical sentences.They can communicate and so language is being maintained., But, she adds, ,How long it,s going to be maintained is a difficult question to answer.,
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Says Meena Sridhar: ,We are very happy to see the Indian community is finally getting organized.The Chinese and Koreans have been doing this for a while and the Jewish community is superb, very well organized for the teaching of Hebrew and religion., The Sridhars, through their outreach program at the Center for India Studies at Stony Brook are often asked by school districts to conduct workshops on Indian culture for school administrators.Many parents also contact them with the vexing question of whether children should be brought up bilingual or taught just English to get ahead in the American world.
And what do they tell those parents?
Meena Sridhar says, ,We tell them there,s absolutely no reason as to why their children shouldn,t be exposed to two languages or more, because there,s no evidence in research to show that one language would interfere with the other in any way.
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Says Meena Sridhar: ,Children are very good at picking up languages right up till the early teens.


Greenwich Time - For Many in NY, Riots Hit Home

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"That's what started the process of hatred," said professor Meena Sridhar of the India Studies Center at SUNY Stony Brook."The Hindus and Muslims had no tensions until the British created it."

India today is 85 percent Hindu, with 15 percent mostly Muslim.Pakistan is almost all Muslim.


Desi Talk.com, Online Edition

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Seen in the photo, from left, Mahendra Taneja, member of Human Rights Commission of Nassau County; Dr. Nirmal Mattoo, chairman of AIA; Manvar; Sudhesh Mukhi, vice president for Center of India Studies at Stony Brook University; Dr. Urmila Arya, president of AIA-NY chapter; Dr. Meena Sridhar, director for Center of India Studies; Bhooplapur; and Dr. Narendra Kukkar, former chairman of AIA Foundation. (Photo: Courtesy, Amar Manvar)


Little India

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Professor S.N. Sridhar and his wife, Professor Meena Sridhar, who is director of the Center for India Studies, have both been keepers of the Indian languages at Stony Brook, State University of New York.

...
Sridhar heads the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies and is professor of Linguistics.
"India is an extremely multilingual country," he says, pointing out that while Hindi is the official language and English the associate official language, the constitution lists 20 languages but there are literally hundreds of languages in India, all living, vital languages.
...
Meena Sridhar, associate professor of Linguistics and India Studies, who has researched language and cultural maintenance among Asian Indian children in the U.S. since 1983, says "They are not losing the language as such, but many of them don't have the opportunity to learn the language, especially those who are growing up in small towns rather than cosmopolitan towns."She points out a child growing up in some small community in say, Indiana, where the family may be the only Hindi speakers, will find it harder to maintain the language, whereas in large Indian communities children find it easier to pick up culture and language.
There are, for example, more than 2000 undergraduates of Indian background on the Stonybrook campus, and they do speak the language.Meena Sridhar says, "It's not perfect grammar, but then we linguists don't worry about perfectly formed grammatical sentences.They can communicate and so language is being maintained."But, she adds, "How long it's going to be maintained is a difficult question to answer."
...
Says Meena Sridhar: "We are very happy to see the Indian community is finally getting organized.
...
Meena Sridhar says, "We tell them there's absolutely no reason as to why their children shouldn't be exposed to two languages or more, because there's no evidence in research to show that one language would interfere with the other in any way.
...
Says Meena Sridhar: "Children are very good at picking up languages right up till the early teens.


The Lure of India - Little India .com

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Professor S.N. Sridhar and his wife, Professor Meena Sridhar, who is director of the Center for India Studies, have both been keepers of the Indian languages at Stony Brook, State University of New York.

...
Sridhar heads the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies and is professor of Linguistics."India is an extremely multilingual country," he says, pointing out that while Hindi is the official language and English the associate official language, the constitution lists 20 languages but there are literally hundreds of languages in India, all living, vital languages.
...
Meena Sridhar, associate professor of Linguistics and India Studies, who has researched language and cultural maintenance among Asian Indian children in the U.S. since 1983, says "They are not losing the language as such, but many of them don't have the opportunity to learn the language, especially those who are growing up in small towns rather than cosmopolitan towns."She points out a child growing up in some small community in say, Indiana, where the family may be the only Hindi speakers, will find it harder to maintain the language, whereas in large Indian communities children find it easier to pick up culture and language.There are, for example, more than 2000 undergraduates of Indian background on the Stonybrook campus, and they do speak the language.Meena Sridhar says, "It's not perfect grammar, but then we linguists don't worry about perfectly formed grammatical sentences.They can communicate and so language is being maintained."But, she adds, "How long it's going to be maintained is a difficult question to answer."
...
Says Meena Sridhar: "We are very happy to see the Indian community is finally getting organized.The Chinese and Koreans have been doing this for a while and the Jewish community is superb, very well organized for the teaching of Hebrew and religion."The Sridhars, through their outreach program at the Center for India Studies at Stony Brook are often asked by school districts to conduct workshops on Indian culture for school administrators.Many parents also contact them with the vexing question of whether children should be brought up bilingual or taught just English to get ahead in the American world.And what do they tell those parents?Meena Sridhar says, "We tell them there's absolutely no reason as to why their children shouldn't be exposed to two languages or more, because there's no evidence in research to show that one language would interfere with the other in any way."If you look at India or Africa, most people are bilingual and trilingual.Look at Singapore and you see many people learn 2 or 3 languages from very young ages.It does not hamper their cognitive development and there's more research to show it actually helps children."And in today's globalized world, facility with another language is prized.Indeed, the advice for parents is simple: speak to the children in their native language, and also expose them to English.Says Meena Sridhar: "Children are very good at picking up languages right up till the early teens.

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