[lg policy] Karnataka: Writers and professors file PIL to restore language policy

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jul 23 14:14:04 UTC 2009

Writers and professors file PIL to restore language policy

TNN 23 July 2009, 03:24am IST

BANGALORE: After the Supreme Court refused to stay the full Bench
order of the high court, quashing the 1994 language policy, 15 Kannada
 litterateurs filed a PIL in the Supreme Court on Wednesday. The
petitioners include Jnanapith awardee U R Ananthamurthy, professor L S
Seshagiri Rao, K S Nissar Ahamed, professor Chandrashekar Patil and
Kannada Sahithya Parishat president Nallur Prasad. The petition, filed
under Article 32 of the Constitution, will come up for hearing on July
27 before the Apex court.

The petitioners said what applies to government schools should also be
made applicable to private schools. "Children can learn better in
their mother tongue and it's the appropriate medium. Even Mahatma
Gandhi had echoed the same view. Nobody has opposed English," the
petitioners stated. "English can be taught as one of the subjects at
primary level. So the portions in the 1994 language policy, which was
struck down by the full Bench of the high court, should be restored,"
they pleaded.

-- http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/4809223.cms
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