[lg policy] Karnataka: Chief Minister dares activists over language row

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jun 11 15:21:50 UTC 2012

CM dares activists over language row
TNN | Jun 11, 2012, 06.00AM IST

PUTTUR: Chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda on Sunday reaffirmed the
Karnataka government's stand on the medium-of-instruction controversy
by stating that English is a tool that helps today's children to
tackle the challenges of tomorrow in an increasingly globalized world.
He trashed suggestions that Kannada is being relegated to the fringes.

The chief minister was reacting to writer D Javare Gowda's
observations that the government was keen on promoting the English
language and that it wasn't eliciting the opinions of Kannada writers
on developing the native language.The CM said writers like Javare
Gowda must introspect on their stand. He said, "I'm getting a list of
some of these Kannada activists whose children have studied in
English-medium schools. I'll make the list public soon."

CM: Opposition to English is baseless

Chief minister DV Sadananda Gowda on Sunday reiterated that the
government hasn't changed the template of the language policy ever
since it was introduced in 1990s. The opposition by Kannada activists
and writers to the teaching of English in Kannada schools is baseless
and will, in fact, hamper youths from competing in a globalized world,
he said.

The government, on its part, has done its best to promote Kannada ,
the CM said, citing the example of Vishwa Kannada Sammelan in Belgaum.
At a function on Saturday , writer Javare Gowda had suggested that
English-medium schools be taxed and the proceeds must be used to
better the facilities in Kannada-medium schools.

Observing that the medium-of-instruction issue is pending before the
Supreme Court, the chief minister said the Karnataka government will
never make a decision that undermines the cause of Kannada.


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