|Year:||1835, February 2|
|Short description:||Macauley's Minute to Lord Bentinck|
|Medium description:||Famed poet and East India Cpmpany's law representative Thomas Babington Macauley's Minute to Lord William Bentinck.|
Suggested that it was necessary to educate a section of the Indian population in the English language and in English 'tastes..opinions..morals..and in intellect'.
Phillipson (1992) sees this as marking the end of the orientalist/anglicist controvesy. Pennycook (1994), however, states that anglicism did not replace orientalist ideas 'but ran alongside it'. He cautions that the fact that whilst Macauley may well have been 'one of the more extreme Anglicists', he only intended English education for a small minority of the Indian population.
Howatt & Widdowson (2004) add that whilst Macauley's fame ensured the continued notoriety of the document, its wider effect on language policy in the British Empire was limited.
[Month and day come from Howatt & Widdowson (2004); Phillipson (1992) gives the event as Macauley's Dictum of 1834 and 'the administrative decree effectuating Macauley's policy' of 1835']