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Government committed to recognising Tulu as a State language: Yeddyurappa

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Traditional welcome: Dharmadhikari of Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala Veerendra Heggade presenting a ‘kalasa’ to Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa at the inauguration of the Vishwa Tulu Sammelan at Ujire on Thursday.
Traditional welcome: Dharmadhikari of Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala Veerendra Heggade presenting a ‘kalasa’ to Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa at the inauguration of the Vishwa Tulu Sammelan at Ujire on Thursday.

Staff Correspondent

Chief Minister favours introducing Tulu in primary and high schools

UNESCO report says Tulu on the verge of extinction

Government urged not to allow second phase of SEZ

UJIRE (DAKSHINA KANNADA): Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has said that the State Government was committed to recommending to the Union Government to include Tulu in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. It was also committed to recognising Tulu as a language of the State, he said.

Inaugurating the Vishwa Tulu Sammelan here on Thursday, the Chief Minister said that the Government had an open mind on introducing Tulu in primary and high schools. He said that Tulu could be taught in schools along with English.

The Chief Minister maintained that the Government has constituted Karnataka Coastal Development Authority and the Task Force on the Western Ghats to protect the biodiversity of the coastal belt.

Mr. Yeddyurappa said that according to an estimate there are 1.25 crore Tulu-speaking people in the world with 75 lakh being in the coastal belt of the State.

He said that Yakshagana, paddana (Tulu sung narratives), nagamandala and nagaradhane (serpent worship), bhootaradhane (divine spirit worship) and go puja have enriched the Tulu culture.

A UNESCO report has said that Tulu is one among other languages in the world which is on the verge of extinction. The Chief Minister called upon Tulu speaking people to use Tulu script henceforth.

Home Minister V. S. Acharya said that the Cabinet would have to approve Tulu as a language of the State if it was to be included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. But he did not make it clear if the State Government would consider it so.

Seer of Pejawar Math, Udupi, Sri Visvesha Tirtha said that the government should not allow the second phase of special economic zone project to come up near Mangalore. The government should limit the SEZ project to 1,800 acres already acquired for the purpose. The seer opposed the government’s proposal to divert the Netravati. The government should drop this move, he said.

He said that the SEZ project and the moves to divert the Netravati would destroy the bio-diversity of the region.

Belthangady MLA K. Vasantha Bangera also opposed the moves to divert the Nethravathi. Venkataraja Punchithaya, president, Kerala Tulu Sahitya Acaddemy, released some new Tulu books on the occasion. Mr. Acharya released “Kodipu”, a souvenir of the convention.

Paltady Ramakrishna Achar, president, Karnatka Tulu Sahitya Academy, spoke. Amrut Someshwar, senior writer, presided over the inaugural session.

D. Veerendra Heggade, president, reception committee of the convention, said that Tulu should be included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution.

The theme of the convention is past, present and future of Tulu.

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