Staff Correspondent

Udupi: Well-known writer Sara Abubakar on Thursday said that in the present situation there seemed to be no alternative but to launch an agitation to save Kannada language in the State. She was speaking after inaugurating the Mahila Kannada Jagriti Sammelana organised by the Kannada Development Authority at Katapady in Udupi district.

Ms. Abubakar said that State languages were disappearing everywhere, except in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. This was because the people in these two States loved their languages more. Kannadigas were broadminded and they spoke to people in their own languages.

But this broadminded nature was becoming a problem. In Bangalore, there were some people, who after living there for 60 years, were unable to speak in Kannada. Women had to help create awareness about Kannada. It was necessary to encourage children to love and study Kannada, she said.

Presiding over the function, President of the authority B.M. Idinabba said he had been instrumental in introducing Kannada language in madrasas. The authority had decentralised its functioning and every member of the authority looked after five districts, he said.

Vasanti Rao Koradkal welcomed the gathering.