Kannada, Kannadiga, Kannadigaru, Karnataka,

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Mysore, Oct. 18 (MRS)- Strange are the ways of politics. For settling scores with their rivals, the politicians can go to any extent to manipulate even major issues.

This has happened with the issue of according classical status to Kannada. There is no chance of Kannada getting the honour till the Congress Government comes to power in Karnataka, all because of politics.

Knowledgeable sources in Delhi told Star of Mysore today that the Congress-led UPA Government is not willing to accord the status to Kannada fearing that the credit may go to the Kumaraswamy-led JD(S)-BJP coalition Government.

Ironically, this has not come to the notice of many in the State Government. They still hope that the Centre would give its nod before Nov. 1 as Rajyotsava gift.

“None of the Congress MPs, who are in the coterie of Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi, is interested in the classical status issue. Poor M.V. Rajashekharan (Union Minister of State for Planning) is the only man who seems to be interested in the issue as he has been declaring day in and day out during his Karnataka visits that Kannada would get classical status before Nov. 1,” they said.

“In fact, there is no trace of the issue in Delhi. Only the people in Karnataka are talking about it unaware of the situation in Delhi,” the sources regret.

It is a closely guarded secret that Kannada language narrowly missed the Cabinet’s nod about two months ago.

The report of Union Culture Ministry, recommending classical status to Kannada, was before the Cabinet meeting and it was about to be accepted. However, the Cabinet deferred the issue as Congress Ministers from Gujarat and West Bengal argued that their languages too should be given the honour along with Kannada.

A small news item in this regard had appeared in a corner of some Delhi newspapers.

Rajashekharan, who was hopeful about success in his mission for Kannada, was shocked when he met the Home Minister Shivaraj Patil recently as the latter did not show much enthusiasm about the issue.

Patil reportedly asked Rajashekharan: “If we give that status to your language, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh too will be after us. What will we do then?”

Patil never gave an assurance about the issue.

Now it is almost certain that Suvarna Karnataka will be celebrated without Kannada being elevated to the classical status.

Our Delhi sources said that AP Chief Minister Rajashekhara Reddy is hell bent on getting the status to Telugu along with Kannada.

The sources said Reddy, through his Ministers in the Cabinet and State MPs, is mounting pressure on the Centre to get the status to Telugu.

Ironically, all the three Ministers from Karnataka at the Centre — M.V. Rajashekharan, Oscar Fernandes and K.H. Muniyappa — are not of Cabinet rank. Being the Ministers of State rank, they are not entitled to attend Cabinet meetings. They will not know what happens in the Cabinet meetings, thus they will depend only on hearsay.

The Cabinet Ministers, who attend meetings are not at all interested in issues relating to Karnataka and they hardly give information about the proceedings in the Cabinet regarding the classical status issue.


October 18, 2006 - Posted by | Bangalore, Karnataka and Kannada, Nanjundappa Report

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