KARNATAKA

28-day `Jagruti Jatha' begins

FOR PROMOTION OF KANNADA: Kannada actors, leaders and activists at the inauguration of the 28-day `Jagruti Jatha' in Belgaum on Monday.

FOR PROMOTION OF KANNADA: Kannada actors, leaders and activists at the inauguration of the 28-day `Jagruti Jatha' in Belgaum on Monday.  

Staff Correspondent

It is aimed at strengthening unity in border taluks of the State

Belgaum: A "Jagruti Jatha" aimed at strengthening cultural integration and unity in all border taluks of the State began here on Monday with representatives of various Kannada organisations, Kannada Sahitya Parishat, leaders of some political parties, writers, artists and actors garlanding the statue of Rani Channamma at Rani Channamma Circle.

However, the euphoria among the Kannada organisations and Kannada-speaking people witnessed during the just concluded session of the State legislature here was found wanting at the inaugural function and a public meeting at the Kannada Sahitya Bhavan.

Festivities

However, sources said that the people in the city were pre-occupied with the Dasara festivities, and hence, many could not participate in the inaugural function.

Prominent among those who garlanded the statues of Rani Channamma, Mahatma Gandhi, Basaveshwara, and Sangoli Rayanna included Bharatiya Janata Party leader Suresh Angadi, MP; former Ministers B.T. Lalita Naik and Leeladevi R. Prasad; Kannada Sahitya Parishat president Chandrashekhar Patil; former Vice-Chancellor Javare Gowda; convener of the jatha `Mukhyamantri' Chandru; and Ramesh Kudachi, MLA.

The 28-day jatha will cover all border taluks in the State before culminating in Karwar on October 29 where a function has been planned.

Speaking at the public meeting, Kannada Rakshana Vedike president Narayana Gowda urged the Government to implement the recommendations of the Sarojini Mahishi Report.

Dr. Javare Gowda stressed the need to organise more Kannada-based programmes and to remove name boards or signboards in non-Kannada languages in the border areas of the State. Mr. Chandru said that the jatha was not against the State Government.

It was being organised with the objective of drawing the attention of the Government to the threat to the integrity of Kannada and culture, he said.

Former Mayor Siddangouda Patil, Belgaum District Kannada Organisations' Action Committee president Ashok Chandargi participated in the jatha.

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