Writer Kamala Hampana on Friday called for making Kannada the medium of instruction and teaching English as a language of communication.
Inaugurating the two-day Dakshina Kannada Zilla Kannada Sahitya Sammelan here, Ms. Hampana said such a step was needed to preserve the language, and State’s history and heritage. India was a republic of States formed on linguistic lines and each State should make its language as the medium of instruction.
“In Karnataka, Kannada should be the medium of instruction. Young children should know our history and heritage. If we make our language strong, it will lead to the development of the region,” she said. The Centre should come out with a national education policy on these lines. State governments as well as MPs should press for this.
Lack of knowledge of the richness of the State and its language were the reasons for youngsters getting attracted to western culture. “We are forgetting our history and also the beauty of our language. We should encourage Kannada among our children,” she said.
Kannada Development Authority Chairman Mukhyamantri Chandru said no State in the country other than Karnataka was in a condition where it had to fight for protection of Kannada.
Yakshagana expert and District Sahitya Sammelan president Shimantooru N. Narayana Shetty expressed the need to expose students to Yakshagana by including it in the curriculum. With more people coming forward to enjoy Yakshagana, it should be presented in a responsible way, he said.
Taltaje Vasantakumar, president of the sammelan held last year, spoke.