'Include Kodava language in 8th schedule'

'Include Kodava language in 8th schedule'

CNC plans another round of vehicle rally in Kodagu from June 20

CNC President N U Nachappa, addressing a news conference on Thursday said that the programme of the centre aims at protecting the languages which are on the verge of becoming dead languages.

He said that there are 196 languages in the world, which are facing the threat of becoming  dead languages and as many as 59 languages of the 196 languages are Indian languages. Kodava language is one of them.

“Kodava language is the lifeline of Kodava culture. The Centre must take steps to protect this great language,” he said adding that those who are supposed to safeguard the Kodava language and culture are trying to strangle the same,” he said.

He added that according to the tri-lingual policy brought in by the Centre in 1956, ‘mathrabhsha’ (mother tongue) should be the first language in the syllabus. According to this, Kodava should have been the first language in Kodagu. This must be implemented soon.

Nachappa said that Kodava should be included in the 8th schedule of the Constitution, Kodava language should be included in the syllabus, it should be considered as a regional language and must be used for administration, Kodavas should be given representation in the Kendra Sahithya Academy and steps should be taken to set up Kodava Peeta at Dravida Language University in Hyderabad.Opposing the growing resort culture in Kodagu, he said that even Gram Panchayats are supporting the same by allowing illegal paper conversion for putting up resorts. Nachappa vouched for CBI and Lokayukta inquiry against the same.

Kodava land

Nachappa said that keeping forth CNC’s most important demand of having a separate Kodava land, the CNC had organised two vehicle rallies in the past. Another round of rally will start on June 20 at Napoklu. Murnadu will have the rally on June 30, Virajpet on July 6, Gonikoppal on July 11, Ponnampet and Hudikeri on July 18, Srimangala on July 25, Kutta on August 2, Balele on August 8, Palibetta and Siddapura on August 14, Chettalli on August 20, Suntikoppa on August 21, Madapura on August 27 and Madikeri on September 1.

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