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PROMOTING A LANGUAGE: The Kannada Sahitya Sammelan procession being taken out in Bidar on Friday.
PROMOTING A LANGUAGE: The Kannada Sahitya Sammelan procession being taken out in Bidar on Friday.

Staff Reporter

Chandrashekhar Patil reads out text of Chief Minister's speech

The event was postponed twice Some programmes rescheduled owing to the absence of Ministers Over 3,000 participate in the sammelan procession

BIDAR: The three-day 72nd Akhila Bharata Kannada Sahitya Sammelan created history of sorts for political and literary reasons as it was inaugurated as scheduled by all those present on the dais, including Union Minister of State for Planning M.V. Rajasekharan, despite hurdles and anxiety here in the absence of Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh and six of his colleagues in the coalition Government.

The annual event, which was initially scheduled to be held in May 2005, was postponed to November following the water scarcity in the district. It could not be held in November as the model code of conduct was in force for the local body elections.

Rescheduled

The organisers were forced to reschedule some of the programmes owing to the absence of Ministers Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli (Forest and Ecology), M. Mallikarjun Kharge (Transport and Water Resources), Basavaraj Horatti (Rural Development and Panchayat Raj), P.G.R. Sindhia (Finance and Industry) and Merajuddin Patel (Animal Husbandry).

The reading of the text of the welcome speech by Mr. Nagamarapalli after reception committee general secretary Jagannath Hebbale welcomed the gathering reflected the order of the event.

Reading the text of the prepared speech of Mr. Singh, who was scheduled to inaugurate the convention, Kannada Sahitya Parishat president Chandrashekhar Patil said: "I have repeatedly said that the sammelana will be inaugurated by Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh and it has come true as he has sent his prepared speech amid political pressure."

Reading Mr. Singh's prepared speech is his [Mr. Patil's] privilege as it symbolises his [Mr. Singh's] presence, he said.

Projects

Mr. Singh, according to his text, enlisted various projects launched, schemes introduced and works launched in the north Karnataka region. He made brief references to the proposed Circuit Benches of the High Court in Dharwad and Gulbarga, package measures being initiated to implement the recommendations of the D.M. Nanjundappa Commission, importance given to Kannada in the administration, proposed plans to observe the Golden jubilee of the reorganisation of the State and the State's effort to convince the Centre in getting classical language status to Kannada.

Referring to the issue of medium of instruction and the parishat's demand for "equality in education," Mr. Singh has said that the Government has taken note of the demands.

He said that the impediments in implementing the Baragur Ramachandrappa and the Chandrashekhar Patil reports pertaining to medium of instruction, the Vatal Nagaraj report on problems of people living in border areas and the long-pending Sarojini Mahishi report should be cleared at the earliest.

The inaugural session was marked by the release of 72 books published by the parishat, a biography of poet Shantarasa Hemberalu, a compact disc of Pampa's poetry and the inauguration of photography, art and book exhibitions.

Mr. Rajasekharan, who released a special first day cover, emphasised the importance of the event and said that Kannada has all the qualities to be a classical language.

Procession

Member of the Legislative Council Maruti Rao Male inaugurated the sammelan procession in the morning, by beating a drum.

Seer of the Bhalki Hire Math Basavalinga Pattaddevaru, sammelan president Shantarasa, Kannada Sahitya Parishat president Chandrashekar Patil, City Municipal Council president Chandrashekar Patil Gadagi, the former chairperson of the State Women's Development Commission Guramma Siddareddy, procession committee chairman Ishwar Khandre and others were present.

The procession started from Nehru Stadium and passed through Ambedkar Circle, Shah Gunj, Choubarah, Naya Kaman, Basaveshwara Circle, Bommagondeshwar Circle, Gandhi Gunj, Gumpa Road and reached the B.V. Bhoomreddy College grounds, the venue, covering 6 km.

It took nearly four hours to cover the distance. Police sources estimated that over 3,000 people participated in the procession.

Octogenarian Dr. Shantarasa sat atop a modified KSRTC bus that moved along with the sammelan procession. Other dignitaries were along with him.

However, he felt tired and got down when the procession had covered half the distance and reached the town police station. He was taken to the venue in a protocol vehicle of the district administration.

Nearly 800 police personnel were present along the route of the procession. Deputy Commissioner Munish Moudgil and Superintendent of Police K.L. Sudhir supervised the procession.

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