Kannada on the verge of extinction (?)

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at ccat.sas.upenn.edu
Sun Aug 21 14:15:10 UTC 2005

>>From the Star of Mysore, August 18.


Belguam, Aug. 18 (KCU)- Excessive love for English language, influence of
other languages and Government's apathy, have driven Kannada language
towards extinction. It is surprising to note that Kannada also figures in
the list of 'languages on the verge of extinction' prepared by UNESCO

It is really unfortunate, when the State is moving the Centre to accord
classical status for Kannada language, UNESCO has made this startling
revelation. Kannada has occupied the 28th position in the list which
signifies the days of its extinction are not very far away. Former
Chairman of Kannada Watchdog Committee, Journalist and President of All
India Kan-nada Sahitya Sammelan Dr. Patil Puttappa (Pa Pu) disclosed this
while speaking to media persons here on Aug. 16.

He said that all Kannadigas should bow in shame at the sad plight of their
language which is one of the oldest historical languages in the world. The
maximum number of Jnanpith awards have been won by Kannada language and it
is a pity that such a sacred language is facing extinction, he regretted.

'What is the State Government doing for the development of Kannada? Who
seem to be more interested to introduce English language right from first
standard itself,?' questioned Pa Pu. He agreed that English language is a
window for business and information the world over, but why should that be
imposed on young children who have just stepped into school. It can also
be taught from 3rd or 4th standard, opined Pa Pu.

He said that he had requested the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh during
his recent visit to New Delhi, to accord classical status to Kannada
language. The funds accrued from that could be used for the development of
the language, he added.


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