[lg policy] Karnataka: KRV workers observe 'Black Day' on Hindi Diwas

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Sat Sep 15 11:26:10 EDT 2018

 Karnataka: KRV workers observe 'Black Day' on Hindi DiwasB V Shiva Shankar
| TNN | Sep 14, 2018, 18:03 IST
[image: KRV workers blacken a milestone in Karnataka as part of their
protest on the occasion of Hindi Diwas]KRV workers blacken a milestone in
Karnataka as part of their protest on the occasion of Hindi Diwas
BENGALURU: Activists of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike
<https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Karnataka-Rakshana-Vedike> on
Friday launched a state-wide protest against the Centre’s alleged
imposition of Hindi on non-Hindi speaking states.

During the protest, the KRV workers blackened Hindi signages installed on
national highways.

The KRV’s 'Black Day' coincided with the Centre celebrating the day as Hindi
Diwas <https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Hindi-Diwas> to mark Hindi
written in Devanagari script becoming an official language of the Union
government under the Article 343 on September 14, 1949.

“The present regime at the Centre is propagating its hidden agenda of
imposing Hindi on the country where a majority of population is non-Hindi
speaking. Today’s protest is to resist the parochial policy of the Centre,”
said KRV president TA Narayana Gowda, who led a sit-in at the Mahatma
Gandhi statue in Gandhi Nagar.
Top CommentBeing Kannadiga, preference should be given to Kannada. But why
stop or be Anti Hindi? Which school these guys kids are studying? These guy
are really protect Kannada? I doubt it and their intentions!Girish G

The KRV activists blackened the milestones written in Hindi on NH 48 near
Davanagere, and signages on other highway stretches at Yadgir, Mysuru,
Kolar, Chikkaballapur and Shivamogga.

Even as the pro-Kannada organisation is continuing its efforts to mobilise
non-Hindi speaking states against the BJP-led Centre’s move to impose Hindi
in them, Narayana Gowda said the KRV is planning a conference of the
southern states on the language policy shortly.


 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

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