I was watching an rerun episode of the Big Bang Theory the other night. And, a character who is from India (Rajesh) is losing an argument, and says: You know if this argument were in my native language, I wouldn't be losing. (Note: Paraphrased from memory.)
His opponent in the argument (Sheldon) retorts: English is your native language!
I was wondering about the truth of this statement.
Do many/most Indian English speakers consider it to be their primary language? Or is it a heavily spoken second language because of its official status and commonality compared to the linguistic diversity within the sub-continent?
Are people in India largely true bi-linguals in the sense of having two native languages which occupy separate compartments within their consciousness. (Not to begin another topic of conversation, but people of this sort often make bad translators due to this compartmentalization.)
This question was brought to my consciousness again by the discussion section of another question I've posted.