Mangalore: Coastal People love Kannada

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at
Tue Oct 24 14:16:13 UTC 2006

Mangalore Oct 24:

Coastal people love Kannada: Champa

People in coastal district are peace loving and do not make hue and cry
over the language issue, opined Kannada Sahitya Parishat President Dr
Chandrashekar Patil. Speaking at the Kannada Dindima programme organised
at Government Junior College in Kundapura on Sunday, he said there is a
wrong notion among the rest of Karnataka that people of coastal district
have not responded to Karnataka bundh, Gokak Movement and are not active.
The works of Dr Shivaram Karanth and Panje Mangeshwara Rao are the living
examples for peoples love towards the language, he opined.

On the language policy of the State, he said education should have laya
and thala. Mother tongue has to be learnt to gain mastery over it. Only
when a person, speaks and writes in a language, he will have full control
over the language. Stay order on the language policy of the State
government has led to confusion in the State. He urged the government to
hold back its decision to introduce English from first standard in Kannada
medium schools. Medical Education Minister Dr V S Acharya called upon the
people to develop reading habits. With the progress in science and
technology and electronic media, people are moving away from reading
habit, he lamented.

He said as a part of Suvarna Karnataka Mahotsava, the State government has
decided to open libraries in gram panchayat limits. Libraries in gram
panchayat limits will be given a sum of Rs 20,000 for furnitures along
with 2,500 books and three dailies. He said the government will not take
back its decision to introduce English from first standard to protect the
government schools in the State.

Udupi Zilla Panchayat President B N Shankar Poojary presided.


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