P. Kerim Friedman kerim.list at
Thu May 6 12:47:25 UTC 2004

Can anyone explain this to me? I've read it three times and I still
don't understand what the issue is that is being disputed. Maybe I'm
just still not awake this morning...

- kerim

On May 6, 2004, at 8:37 AM, Harold F. Schiffman wrote:

>    Forwarded from Star of Mysore
>             Bangalore, Apr. 30 (KVV)- The State Government has
> reportedly
> issued an order to the Heads of Departments to issue important
> Government
> Orders (GOs), notifications, rules etc., to benefit the linguistic
> minorities also in their own language.  The State Government has issued
> the disputed order on Mar. 31 and the same has triggered a controversy
> with Kannada Sahithya Parishat and Pro-Kannada activists opposing it.
> They
> have urged the Government to immediately withdraw the disputed order,
> failing which, they would launch agitations. The disputed order has
> been
> issued under the seal and signature of Mr. C. Krishnamurthy, Under
> Secretary in the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms
> (DPAR).
>             The Government Order has instructed the Heads of
> Departments
> to issue important Government Orders, notifications, rules etc., also
> in
> the language of linguistic minorities alongwith Kannada and English
> language.  According to the said order, prominent Government orders and
> notifications should be issued in Tamil and Telugu for Bangalore
> District,
> Urdu and Telugu for Bangalore Rural, Marathi, Urdu (Belgaum, Bidar,
> Bagalkot, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Shimoga Districts) Telugu and Urdu
> (Bellary
> District), Malayalam, Konkani, Tulu (Dakshina Kannada and Kodagu
> Districts).
>             A conspiracy
>             Researcher Dr. M. Chidananda Murthy has condemned the order
> terming it a 'deep conspiracy to disintegrate Karnataka in a phased
> manner' and to wipe out Kannada.  He said that Chief Minister Mr. S.M.
> Krishna may not be aware of the consequences of the order.  Dr. Murthy
> said that such kind of order cannot be issued even in States like
> Andhra
> Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Kerala. In Maharashtra, there are
> a
> large number of Kannadigas, but does the Government of Maharashtra
> promulgate such an order in favour of linguistic minorities ?" he
> questioned.
>             "Where is the end, if the Government goes on issuing orders
> like this? The Kannada Development Authority should immediately take
> serious note of this," he demanded.  The office of the Kannada
> Development
> Authority is located in Vidhana Soudha from where the disputed order
> was
> issued. The KDA came into existence with the sole objective of
> implementing Kannada as the official language in the State. Kannada
> Development Authority should prove its existence, he said.
>             KDA keeps mum
>             "If the KDA observes silence in this regard, it will send
> wrong signals. We all know about its in-action. When I said this, some
> vested interests criticised me. But now, it is the duty of KDA to stall
> the implementation of the order," he said.  "Kannadigas should raise
> their
> voice against the anti-Kannada order. They should launch a peaceful
> struggle," he said.

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