[lg policy] India: Government invitation card in Marathi irks Kannada organisations

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Mon Aug 29 11:08:50 EDT 2016

Government invitation card in Marathi irks Kannada organisations

Is Khanapur in Karnataka or some other State?

The question has been raised by Belagavi District Kannada Sahitya Parishat
president Mangala Metgud after an invitation card printed was Marathi
language by the Office of the Block Education Officer under the Belagavi
Education District.

The card in the question is related to a Jamboti Divisional Level Sports
Meet held at a Marathi medium school in Ramgurwadi of Khanapur taluk on
Friday. Ms. Metgud strongly condemned the anti-Kannada attitude of the
state government officials in the Education Department in Khanapur.

Her reaction came close on the heels of the Belagavi District Kannada
Organisations Action Committee president Ashok Chandargi bringing the
matter to public notice on Friday evening. He said the BEO Srikant Anchi
had been pursuing anti-Kannada and pro-Marathi attitude much against the
repeated directions of the government on strengthening Kannada language in
the administration.

He said the card was printed only in Marathi language and reminded that the
same BEO had submitted an adverse report to the government stating that
there was no need to open a Kannada medium high school in the Shiroli in
2015, although it was sanctioned.

Mr. Chandargi said a complaint would be registered against the BEO for
acting in violation of State’s language policy to the Deputy Commissioner
and Kannada Development Authority shortly.


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