We will not tolerate attempts to undermine Kannada, says Siddaramaiah in video

In a video titled “Kannada Namma Hemme,” CM asks non-Kannadigas to adapt to Kannada culture

Updated - July 31, 2017 05:12 pm IST

Published - July 31, 2017 05:11 pm IST - BENGALURU

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah

Close on the heels of forming a committee to look into the issue of formation of a separate State flag and opposing Hindi in Metro Rail signages, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has now asserted that Kannadigas should send a strong message that they will not tolerate any efforts to undermine their language, water or land.

In a 14-minute video titled “Kannada Namma Hemme,” which was released by the Information Department last week, the Chief Minister has asked non-Kannadigas in cities like Bengaluru to get themselves adapted to Kannada culture. “We have to not only love and respect others, but also send out a very strong message that we [Kannadigas] will not tolerate any attack on our language, land and water, if others try to do so,” he said.

“The neighbours are our brothers and sisters. But we cannot tolerate any efforts to attack our our language, land and water as it is our duty to protect them [language, land and water],” he declared.

Mr. Siddaramaiah has also sought to remind all the Kannadigas that they have the responsibility of taking pride in their language, water and land besides striving for the development of these elements.

The video, which talks of Mr. Siddaramaiah’s love and commitment to Kannada, says he was very close to the Kannada thespian Rajkumar who too hailed from his (Siddaramaiah’s) home district. “Whenever I met Rajkumar, he would invite me by fondly saying that I am from his forest,” the chief minister said.

Asserting that Kannada language should have supremacy in Karnataka, he condemned the demand by certain sections for a separate north Karnataka state. “Several stalwarts have struggled for the formation of Karnataka state by unifying the Kannada-speaking areas. But today, either due to selfishness or foolishness, some people are demanding a separate north Karnataka State. We need to condemn this,” he said.

The film underlines his stand that mother tongue should become medium of instruction and states that he has already urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to implement this by amending the Constitution.

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.