'Create affinity or kill Kannada'

Kannada language has the capability to mesmerise and boasts a glorious literary history spanning thousands of years.

The language can win not only eight, but thousands of Jnanapith awards. Therefore, teachers have a responsibility of creating an affinity towards Kannada language. If not, they will be held responsible for killing the language, said writer K Veerabadrappa here on Wednesday.

He opined that teachers will be responsible for the harm caused to Kannada by other languages. He was speaking at the 57th Kannada Rajyotsava celebrations held at J K Grounds organised by Krishnarajendra Kannada Sangha of Mysore Medical College and Research Institute(MMC&RI).

Modern education is creating walls between human relations. With the advent of English it has even succeeded in damaging family relations. Technological revolution has pushed regional languages to the verge of extinction. We are transforming children to robots by
English education, he lamented.

Kannada Development Authority chairman Mukyamanthri Chandru, addressing the gathering expressed sadness for removing ancient Kannada literature from text books.
"The move was enforced due to a lack of teaching faculty of ancient Kannada literature,"
he said.

He added that closing Kannada medium schools owing to shortage of students will worsen the situation of Kannada in the state.

Admitting that the growth of Kannada has been hampered, he said that the language was affected due to English and languages from the neighbouring states.

Founder of Pusthaka Mane, M Ankegowda and cinematographer Mahesh Talakadu were felicitated. Director of MMCRI, Dr Geetha K Avadhani, superintendent, Dr B G Sagar, chief administrative officer P A Gopal, lecturers Dr Krishnegowda, Dr G M Kundari and president of Kannada Sangha, Puneeth were present.

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