Kannada Development Authority today appealed to Kerala Government to withdraw its circular making learning of Malayalam the first language from first to tenth standard in all schools in the border district of Kasargod.

The May 6 circular would cause hardship to students as majority of those living in Kasargod are Kannadigas, KDA Chairman ‘Mukyamantri’ Chandru told reporters in Bangalore.

In a federal system, States have to respect all languages and Karnataka has been following this principle, he said.

It is not advisable to impose Malayalam on linguistic minorities living in Kasargod, he said.

Mr. Chandru said he would request Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Vishweshwara Hegde Kageri to write to their Kerala counterparts seeking withdrawal of the circular.