Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at ccat.sas.upenn.edu
Thu Dec 21 14:30:42 UTC 2006


The Kannada Sahitya Parishat, which came into being on May 3, 1915, with
the aim of promoting, preserving and protecting the interests of the land,
language and literature, has been holding annual sammelans since then.
Senior literary figures have toiled to build and develop the institution.
They participated in sammelans held all over the state during these 92
years - not to celebrate the annual event as mere carnival - but to create
awareness among the people and uphold the objectives of the institution.
So far, 72 such sammelans have been held and the 73rd is set to be flagged
off here from Thursday.

The Parishat elects a prominent literary personality in the state to
preside over the sammelan. He conducts the event and on the final day,
along with all delegates, passes resolutions urging the the government to
implement them effectively. According to parishat statistics more than 750
resolutions have been passed till date in the sammelans held so far. But
how many of them have been really implemented? Is the goverment taking the
voice of the people seriously, is the big question on the minds of the
delegates. According to Parishat president, T Chandrasekhara Patil
(Champa), the parishat is regularly sending copies of the resolutions to
the government.

"What can we do if they are not serious? It is the duty of the government
to respect the call of the masses, if they are really interested in
protecting the land and language. Actually the number of resolutions
implemented does not cross 50 at all." Last year, the government had
promised to give due attention to the resolutions of the Sammelan.
Interestingly, at the last sammelan at Bidar, important decisions that
were taken by the delegates are yet to see the light of the day.

Literary personalities at Bidar had urged the government to implement the
language policy in schools and colleges, provide jobs for Kannadigas in
the fields of IT and BT, accord classical status for Kannada language,
devise a comprehensive cultural policy for the state, adopt compulsory
Kannada software in all government computers and set up a permanent
monument commemmorating literary personalities whose birth centenary was
being held in the state.

But according to the Parishat, none has received a positive response from
the government so far. Meanwhile, deputy CM Yediyurappa said he will take
note of the resolutions passed at the Shimoga Sammelan and earmark funds.



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