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LOVE FOR LANGUAGE: The `Kannada nudi Kannada gadi' jatha being received near Virajpet by Kodagu Kannada Sahitya Parishat office-bearers on Friday.
LOVE FOR LANGUAGE: The `Kannada nudi Kannada gadi' jatha being received near Virajpet by Kodagu Kannada Sahitya Parishat office-bearers on Friday.

Staff Correspondent

`Kannada nudi Kannada gadi jatha' enters Kodagu district

VIRAJPET: Lack of political will and love for Kannada language had rendered it in a poor light, "Mukhyamantri Chandru", Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader who is leading the "Kannada nudi Kannadda gadi" jatha, said here on Friday.

The jatha was received at Panjarpet, near here, by the Kodagu Kannada Sahitya Parishat president T.P. Ramesh, and Virajpet taluk parishat president B.G. Raghunath Naik.

Mr. Chandru urged the Kannadigas to show love for the language by preventing "cultural onslaught" from other languages. But Kannada should not prosper by looking down upon or condemning other languages, he said.

Official apathy

He said the attitude of Kannadigas was responsible for the devaluation of the language. For instance, Kannada-medium schools in Andhra Pradesh gave SSLC certificates in Kannada, which were not valid for further studies in that State. These certificates were not valid even in Karnataka since the school was located in Andhra Pradesh. This amounted to official apathy, he said.

The problems of the State after unification in 1956 were indeed different, but it was the duty of all to accord priority to Kannada in Karnataka, Mr. Chandru said.

The "jatha" was being taken out to generate awareness among Kannadigas over various issues, including the Mahajan Commission report on the border issue as implementation of the Sarojini Mahishi Committee Report to provide jobs for Kannadigas in public sector to the extent of 80 per cent.

No experimentation

Mr. Chandru, referring to controversy over the introduction of English in schools from standard I, said it was time to consult all stakeholders to arrive at a conclusion rather than resort to experimentation.

He was against demand by a section of the people in Kodagu seeking granting autonomy to the district, he said. It was time to secure other Kannada-speaking areas rather than talk of separation.

Virajpet MLA H.D. Basavaraj, who inaugurated the function, stressed on the implementation of Kannada at all levels in administration. Efforts should be made to teach Kannada to non-Kannadigas living in the State. Kannada ought to be given pride of place in border districts such as Virajpet where the influence of Malayalam had grown.

C.S. Arun Machaiah, MLC, lauded the efforts made by Mr. Chandru to propagate the cause of Kannada, thanking him for the genuine concern shown on the floor of the House concerning Kodagu's problems. Addanda C. Cariappa, convenor of the jatha, highlighted the difficulties faced by the district and Kodagu's neglect by successive Sate governments.

Television actors Nagarajamurthy, Rajesh, Mohan, G. Dattu and Junior Narasimharaju spoke while Pratibha Narayan sang a song. The jatha entered Madikeri in the evening.

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