Kannada will prosper if it can earn a job: Writer

Bhairavamurthy seeks govt support to empower language

 Several problems in the State can be solved and Kannada can prosper, if the government takes steps to make the language a means to secure jobs, said K Bhairavamurthy, president of 12th Mandya District Kannada Sahitya Sammelana.

He was speaking during the inauguration of the Sammelana, here, on Saturday. “The chief minister can announce provision of government jobs only for those who have studied in Kannada medium schools. The government can also insist on the private sector to follow suit,” he said.

Kannada language and culture has the capacity to withstand the challenges of globalisation, liberalisation and privatisation. Awareness should be created on this issue throughout the State, said Bhairavamurthy, a Mysore-based writer, whose native Santhekasalagere is in Mandya taluk.

He said, chairs after writers, who have affinity with the district, such as Kuvempu, De Javaregowda and Pu Thi Narasimhachar and academic K V Shankaragowda should be established in the PG Centre of the University of Mysore in Mandya.

His other ideas for the development of Kannada are: provision of internet facility in all schools and colleges; encouragement for the use of Kannada softwares; reforms in the examination system; and encouragement for research and personality development.

Delving on the problems faced by farmers, he said, markets without the intervention of middlemen should be established to ensure fair price for farmers’ produce.

“Cold storages should be promoted in a big way. Transport facility at subsidised rates should be provided for agricultural produce. Raitha canteens should be setup in all towns and cities to provide food and snacks to farmers at economical prices,” he said.

Absent

None of the people’s representatives of the district were present during the Sammelana. District in-charge Minister Ambareesh, who was supposed to inaugurate the meet; MP Ramya, who was scheduled to release a souvenir; and Nagamangala MLA N Chaluvarayaswamy, who was supposed to release books did not participate in the programme. All MLAs and MLCs, representing the district, were supposed to take part in the event.

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