Vol. 3 (2) Dec. 2021

Article ID. JHSSR-1112-2021

Multilingual Singapore: Language Policies and Linguistic Realities

Ritu Jain


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Singapore, a nation of 5.7 million people, is a spectacular rainbow of linguistic, ethno-ideological, and socio-cultural diversities. In 1994, I was a personal guest of India’s High Commissioner. Singapore’s airport, architecturally and functionally, looked impressive. Rather than waiting for hours for immigration clearance, I was whisked away by an official of the Indian High Commission. The chauffeur of a daunting Mercedes, a gentleman of Tamil origin, also served as a courteous tourist guide as he drove off through many iconic spots.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.37534/bp.jhssr.2021.v3.n2.id1112.p231