English is a legacy of the colonial past of India. For many years it has occupied an important position in various domains of official communication. A major reason for the presence of English in various communication networks even after forty-three years of India's independence is the multilingual nature of the Indian subcontinent. Since various languages used here are mutually incomprehensible English continues to play the role of link language both within and outside India. Ever since India's independence there have been movements to promote traditionally and literally rich Indian languages to gradually take over the communication within the national scene.
A certain section of educators and linguists in India strongly feel that with some effort Indian languages can fully take over the role played by English thus far. A major effort in this direction is to adequately equip the Indian languages in scientific and technical terminology and other modern items. Availability of translations of latest scientific texts found on the international scene and important task that promoters of Indian languages have taken up.