'Government not keen on solving Kasaragod dispute'

Kerala Government is keen to discuss the issue, says Patil Puttappa

Staff Correspondent

MOODBIDRI: The State Government is not evincing interest to hold talks with the Kerala Government to settle the Kasaragod dispute, senior journalist Patil Puttappa said here on Sunday.

Delivering the valedictory address at Alva's Nudisiri-2005, a three-day Kannada literary meet, he said that the Kerala Government is keen to discuss the Kasaragod dispute, but the State Government is hesitant.

Mr. Puttappa said that many Kannadigas live in Kasaragod district and writers such as Kayyara Kinnanha Rai have been struggling to make Kasargod a part of Karnataka, but the State Government has failed to respond.Mr. Puttappa said that senior novelist S. L. Bhairappa deserved the Jnana Peetha Award. But a few writers did not want him to get the award. "There is a conspiracy behind it," Mr. Puttappa said.

Education system

Mr. Bhairappa, who presided over the three-day meet, said that the present education system has failed to ensure the overall development of a students' personality.

There is a need to reform this examination-oriented education system, he said. Mr. Bhairappa said that music, drawing and drama are all a part of education. However, the present system does not lay much stress on them. A majority of schools have not even appointed music teachers, he said.

Mr. Bhairappa took strong exception to a majority of films being made these days. "Cinema has not remained a form of art. It has become a business," he said.

He said that the concept of "censor" would probably not be needed if films remain a form of art. Santha Bhadragiri Achyutadasa performed "Hari Katha" on the occasion. Children's play "Thunta Rabin," and a dance-drama "Ondu Sainikana Vruthantha," was staged on the occasion. The meet drew huge crowds from around the State.

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