|Sir MV is the most loved Kannadiga|
|DH News Service|
|The most eagerly awaited result is out. Sir M Visvesvaraya, legendary engineer and statesman, has emerged, by a huge margin, as the most popular Kannadiga in a poll conducted by CNN-IBN, Deccan Herald and Radio City.|
The most eagerly awaited result is out. Sir M Visvesvaraya, legendary engineer and statesman, has emerged, by a huge margin, as the most popular Kannadiga in a poll conducted by CNN-IBN, Deccan Herald and Radio City.
In a week-long poll conducted via Internet and SMS, which concluded on Sunday, over 1.06 lakh people participated. Visvesvaraya polled 46 per cent of the votes. Kannada superstar Rajkumar was voted the second most popular Kannadiga with 26 per cent votes.
Infosys chief mentor N R Narayana Murthy got 19 per cent, former chief minister S Nijaligappa 4 per cent, cricketer Anil Kumble 3 per cent and Hindustani musician Gangubai Hangal 2 per cent.
The poll was the fourth in the Golden South series, which included Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. While about 50,000 people participated in the Kerala poll electing actor Mohan Lal as the most popular Keralite, 70,000 people took part in Andhra poll, electing actor N T Rama Rao, and in Tamil Nadu, about 12,000 people voted and President Abdul Kalam was the winner.
Popularly known as Sir MV, Visesvaraya is described as the architect of Old Mysore state. As Dewan of the Mysore province, he initiated a number of development works, including the construction of KRS dam.
His brilliance, efficiency, integrity, love for the people, legendary administrative skills, immense contribution to public life made him a cult figure during his lifetime.
Though he died 44 years ago, his memory is still green in the heart and minds of millions of Kannadigas. The poll has proved that the state is still indebted to him.
Sir MV had no children. His grand niece Shantha Nanjudaiah expressed joy over the poll results. She said it was heartening to know that the people across the state still love her grandfather. “It is not unexpected. But in a way surprising. These days people vote for film stars. Visvesvaraya has done great service to the state. He is remembered for his personal and public integrity, love for the people. We are very happy. It is great to be associated with his family, with his name,” she said.
Life & journey of a centenarian
Sept 15, 1861: Born at Muddenahalli,
Kolar district, Karnataka
1871-1874: Had his nitial education at Chickballapur
1881: Passed BA in first class at Central
1881: Joined engineering college at Pune
1883: Obtained engineering degree with
1884: Appointed Assistant Engineer in PWD, Bombay Government
1884-1908: Served Bombay Government till he became the Superintending Engineer and took voluntary retirement
1909: Special Chief Engineer with Hyderabad Government
1909-1912: Chief Engineer and Secretary, PWD, Government of Mysore
1912-1918: Dewan of Mysore
1919-1959: Served several parts of India in various advisory capacities
April 14, 1962: Breathed his last in Bangalore
To Sir MV, with all my love
Before marriage, it�s a tradition to visit the girl�s house by the would-be-groom�s side. But I had to meet Sir M Visvesvaraya at his house in Manickyavelu Mansion, where the Balabrooie Guest House is presently located.
I was 17 and he was in his mid-80s. �Can you cook?� was his first question and I was shocked. I was told, his house, which I would move into after marriage had many servants, including cooks. Since I did not answer, he contended, �At least, I hope you know how to eat.� Visvesvaraya had a soft corner for his brother�s son Krishnamurthy, my late husband, because my mother-in-law had died when he was nine months� old, due to plague. Even as a young bride I thought I owed it to him because he was the one who sent my husband abroad and made him a textile engineer.
Sir never left behind any big money because he never made any. Yet, even six months after his death, we were giving away cheques to students among his relatives whose education he sponsored. That was his wish in his will. Maybe, influenced by his foreign trips, Sir wrote his will when he was 50 years� old. In his 90s, he made some additions. Sir was fine till his death, five months short of his 103rd birthday. He did not suffer from any health problem, never wore glasses and during his last few years had a college student reading out newspapers to him � Deccan Herald, The Hindu and Times of India. I think he mentally gave up on life after 100. He ate simple food but there had to be something special on Sundays � holige or kadubu.
Although he was surrounded with servants given by the government, he was never rude to any of them. If they made a mistake, he called them into his room, and expressed how he did not approve of their wrongdoing. His clerk served him for 60 years, cook for 36 years, driver 30 years and domestic help for 50 years. Even when he was in Mumbai, a place he went to once every three months, the staff came to work on time.
Sir also kept a book and pen near his pillow to write notes in the night lest he forgot something by the next morning. �Don�t trust your mind,� he would say.
Sir�s first two wives died at childbirth and he was forced to separate from the third because of incompatibility. But he always sent her money and after her death, conducted the last rites.
You could think this as a tragedy but the only sad part of his life that he remembered was poverty during his childhood. It kept coming back to his mind.
An issue he promoted with passion was family planning. To a newly married couple, the first question he would ask to their surprise was, �So, how many children do you plan to have?�
He was against couples having any number of children and then believing that God will take care of them. �God will not,� he would warn, worried alongside about the impending population explosion in the years to come.
Shakuntala Krishnamurthy, 75, wife of Sir MV�s nephew, spoke to Roja Kandath.
The relative side of it
By P M Raghunandan and Satish Shile
DH News Service
Rangarao Road in Basavanagudi takes one down memory lane and Flat Number 101 of Brigade Ratna Apartments speaks of punctuality, efficiency and hard work, by which Sir M Visvesvaraya stood all his life.
It is here that the relatives of Sir M V – Shantha (the grand-daughter of Sir M V�s brother Ramachandra Rao), M S Nanjundaiah (her husband), Aruna and Dr Sandhya (their daughters) – stay and lead their life religiously following the ideals laid down by the �most popular Kannadiga� – Bharath Ratna Sir M V.
Reaction to the poll results was instant and mixed from them. While it was a surprise for Ms Aruna, for Mr Nanjundaiah, it was not. �It is quite obvious going by his immense contribution to the development of almost all fields. This is the reason many families still worship him as God,� he said.
Mr Nanjundaiah, who worked as senior operations advisor for World Bank and retired as a Government of India official in 1970, is proud of the poll results not just because he is a relative. He had a close association with Sir M V with respect to work and even had the opportunity to implement one of the projects that was conceived, planned and approved by him. In fact, Mr Nanjundaiah is a granary of anecdotes, which corroborates that Sri M V is indeed a very popular figure.
One of Mr Nanjundaiah�s memories with Sir M V that he still cherishes is his wedding. Sir M V did not attend Mr Nanjundaiah�s wedding as he was busy preparing a feasibility report on the Ganga railway bridge in Patna. Though Mr Nanjundaiah did not have the honour of Sir M V�s presence at his wedding, it was fate that put him in the team for the implementation of the same project. �When the project was done successfully and more importantly, as had been planned by Sir M V, I got a pat on my shoulder in appreciation of my work,� he said very proudly.
In another instance, Mr Nanjundaiah said, Sir M V summoned all his relatives one day (when he was offered to become the Dewan of the then Mysore State) and took word from each one them that she/he will not ask for any favour from him after he assumes office as Dewan. �Only when all agreed, he accepted the offer,� he recalled.
One may wonder why Sir M V is still relevant, against several other personalities who have a lot of glamour and glitz.
Mr Nanjundaiah said, �He is relevant because his works helped countless people in all spears of life. He is popular even today because he fought for public cause with the greatest integrity.�
It may be the KRS dam that has become a lifeline for lakhs of farmers in the Cauvery belt or Bhadravathi Iron and Steel Works, his initiatives in education sector (he opened innumerable education institutions, include University of Mysore, Jaya Chamarajendra Vocational Training Institute and adult literacy programme), so on and so forth.
�All these made a huge difference in the lives of people. It is because of his initiatives that today Karnataka is a leading destination for education,� he pointed out.
ENCAPSULATING HIS WORKS
Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya was born on September 15, 1860 at Muddenahalli in Kolar district. He earned his BA from Madras University in 1881 and later acquired graduation in civil engineering at College of Science, Pune. He started his career as an engineer with PWD, Bombay.
He implemented an extremely intricate system of irrigation in the Deccan area. It was Sir M V, as he is popularly called, who designed and patented a system of automatic weir water floodgates, that were first installed at Khadakvasla reservoir near Pune in 1903. The same system has used at Tigra dam in Gwalior and KRS dam in Mandya.
1886: Designed water supply and sanitary system for Sakkur (Sindh province) Nasik, Bombay province
1899: Designed a new system of Automatic Waste Weir Flood Gate
1901: Introduced the Block System of Irrigation
1906: Designed drinking water and sanitary system for British
1908: Usman Sagar and Himayat Sagar Reservoir project across the river Moosi, Hyderabad
1909: Prepared a scheme for Flood Protection work and underground drainage for Hyderabad City
1913: Started the State Bank of Mysore
1914: Started Mechanical Engineering School at Bangalore
1916: Established Mysore University and the State Engineering College in Bangalore
1918: Approved the plan to establish Bhadravathi Iron & Steel Works and a number of other industries
1927: Designed and constructed Krishnarajasagar Reservoir. Public Libraries were established in Bangalore & Mysore
1936: Automobile Industry Plan was prepared.
1937: Mahanadi flood control work in Orissa
1942: Established Sri Jayachamarajendra Polytechnic at Bangalore
1952: Selected proper site for a new railway bridge to river Ganga in Bihar (Mokame). Promoting construction of Sharavathi Hydro-Electric Project. Establishment of Mysore Sandal Wood Oil Factory.
1904: Honorary Membership of London Institution of Civil Engineers
1911: CIE (Companion of the Indian empire) at Delhi Darbar
1915: KCIE (Knight Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire)
1943: Elected as an Honorary Life Member of the Institution of Engineers
1955: Bharat Ratna
1958: Durga Prasad Khaitan Memorial Gold Medal by the Royal Asiatic Society Council of Bengal
1959: Fellowship of the IISc, Bangalore
Works executed outside Karnataka
*Introduced the block
system of Irrigation
*Designed a new system of systematic water weir floodgate
*Flood protection and drainage for Hyderabad
*Aden-water supply and drainage
*Sukur Barage Project Survey
|Prelude to Bengalooru Habba 2006|
|DH News Service Bangalore:|
|The tone has been set for the 2006 edition of Bengalooru Habba, with the pre-Habba awareness programmes gathering steam in 15 schools and colleges across Bangalore.|
The tone has been set for the 2006 edition of Bengalooru Habba, with the pre-Habba awareness programmes gathering steam in 15 schools and colleges across Bangalore.
The awareness programmes – which cover classical music and dance apart from lecture demonstrations – kicked off on November 17 and will run till November 29. Artistes’ Foundation for the Arts (AFFA) is organising the awareness programmes in association with the Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture.
Padmini Ravi, Managing Trustee, AFFA told Deccan Herald on Saturday that artistes of international repute, including Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhat (Hawaiian guitar), Shiv Kumar Sharma (Santoor) and U Rajesh (Mandolin) were involved in the pre-Habba awareness programmes.
“There will also be a series of street theatre performances at multiple locations which will kick off on November 27 and run up to December 10. Under the Umbrella Art programmes, upcoming artistes will do live art at multiple locations,” she said.
Street magic acts will also be performed as part
of the pre-Habba campaign, that will run up to the
close of the Habba, on December 10.
The Bengalooru Habba will be held in Bangalore between December 3 and 10, with this year’s edition focussing on promotion of regional talent.
A book fair, art and crafts display will showcase Karnataka’s arts through the 50 years. A showcase of literary works by Jnanapith awardees, traditional Kannada theatre performances and a food festival (at Palace Grounds) will also be a part of the Habba.
Palace Grounds will host the best names in classical dance and music from across India. The Habba will also feature a Bollywood night, a fashion show and a day-long rock and jazz music performance. Folk and tribal visual arts will also be exhibited. For details, log on to www.bengalooruhabba.com
LEADING TO THE HABBA
*Nov 20, 2 pm: Pravin Godkhindi (Flute, Mallya Aditi International School, Yelahanka)
*Nov 22, 10 am: Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (Hawaiian guitar, Vani Education Centre, Machohalli)
*Nov 22, 6.30 pm: Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (Hawaiian guitar, Indian Institute of Science, Yeshwanthpur)
*Nov 23, 3.30 pm: Ashwini Bhide (Hindustani vocal, PES Institute of Engineering, Banashankari III Stage)
*Nov 23, 10.30 am: Jayanthi Kumaresh (Veena, AMC College of Engineering, Bannerghatta Road)
*Nov 24, 10 am: Sharmila Mukherjee (Odissi, Valley School, Kanakapura Road)
*Nov 27, 10 am: Shashank (Flute, Vidyaniketan, Hebbal)
*Nov 27, 1.30 pm: Shashank (Flute, MES Kishore Kendra, Malleswaram)
*Nov 28, 10 am: Nirupama, Rajendra (Classical dance, NMKRV PU College for Women, Jayanagar)
*Nov 29, 4 pm: Shiv Kumar Sharma (Santoor, Sir M Visvesvaraya Institute of Technology, Hunsemaranahalli)
Suggestions invited from judges on Kannada
BANGALORE: Even as the Government is “struggling” to promote Kannada and enforce Kannada as the medium of instruction in schools, the Karnataka High Court has gone a step ahead and invited suggestions from judges on using Kannada in the subordinate judiciary.
Registrar-General of the High Court A.S. Pachhapure has issued a notification to all the District and Sessions Judges inviting their suggestions on implementing Kannada in the subordinate judiciary.
The High Court move is seen as a positive step to integrate itself with the people of the State and in positively responding to the wishes of the locals that Kannada be used as the language. Several advocates welcomed the move but said that Kannada could not be used in the High Court as the language permitted for use was English.
|KDA seeks statutory powers|
|DH News Swervice Gulbarga:|
|The Chairman of Kannada Development Authority Dr Siddalingiah has requested the State Government to confer statutory powers on the Auhtority so that it can take action against those failed to implement Kannada in administration.|
The Chairman of Kannada Development Authority Dr Siddalingiah has requested the State Government to confer statutory powers on the Auhtority so that it can take action against those failed to implement Kannada in administration.
Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Dr Siddalingaiah said that at present the Authortiy was only a recommedatory body. “The Chief Minister is favourably disposed towards the Authority’s plea to accord the statutory power during the Suvarna Karnataka year. I hope that the plea will be considered soon,” he added.
With a view to effectively implement Kannada in administration, the Authority in association with the Kannada University, Hampi, would launch a distance correspondence course in Kannada. All the officers would be encouraged to undergo this 10-month course. Those who complete the course would be given an increment. “Now the text is being prepared and within three-four months, the course will be launched”, Dr Siddalingaiah added.
Dr Siddalingiah admitted that the implementation of Kannada in the state Secretariat was not to the desired level. He was studying what action the government had initaited on those officers against whom the past presidents had recommended action. After one month he would undertake the review of implementation of Kannada in the secretariat.
Moreover he proposed to suggest to the government to report back the disciplinary action initiated against an officer within three months. “Soon we’ll launch a website wherein all details pertaining to the action initiated would be displayed,” he added.
Dr Siddalingaiah announced that he would soon write a letter to the Transport Department asking it to initiate steps to issue the driving licenses and RC books in English as well as Kannada. Moreover he would also ask the transport authorities to ensure that the number plates on government vehicles should be written in Kannada, besides encouraging the private owners to display the number plate in Kannada.
Dr Siddalingaiah concurred on the need to strengthen Kannada schools in the border areas. He would tour the border villages in Gulbarga and Bidar districts next month to know first hand the plight of Kannada medium schools.
Kannada in Banks
In response to a query Dr Siddalingaiah made it clear that the nationalised banks have to compulsorily implement Kannada in their transactions. The cheque books, DDs etc should be issued in Kannada. To ascertain this, he would pay surprise visits to banks.
Dr Siddalingaiah would soon write to the Chief Minister to take steps to compulsorily introduce Kannada as a subject from the first standard in English medium Central schools being run in the state.
“When this has been done in Tamil Nadu, why can’t we do it here? This should happen from the next year itself,” he observed.
In medical colleges
The Chairman would soon call a meeting of principals of medical colleges and also the Vice-Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi Health Univerity to impress on the need to create a “pro-Kannada atmosphere” in medical colleges. In this direction he would ask them to introduce a Kannada paper in the exams.
When his attention was drawn to his idea to start a medical and an engineering university in Kannada, Dr Siddalingaiah stated that efforts were underway to translate 10 best books in medicine and engineering each into Kannada and also to bring out 10 best books on medicine and engineering in Kannada.
|KDA chairman to seek explanation from officials|
|DH News Service Gulbarga:|
|A meeting convened here on Friday by the Kannada Development Authority Chairman Dr Siddalingiah to review the implementation of Kannada in various government departments…|
A meeting convened here on Friday by the Kannada Development Authority Chairman Dr Siddalingiah to review the implementation of Kannada in various government departments in the district was marked by the absence of most of heads of departments.
Only some junior rung officials were represented by various departments prompting the Authority Chairman to seek an explanation from some of the heads of departments including the Gulbarga Mahanagara Palike Commissioner Thippesh.
The prominent among those absent at the meeting included the Deputy Commissioner, Chief Executive Officer of Zilla Panchayat and the Assistant Commissioners of Gulbarga and Yadgir. None represented the police department including the Superintendent of Police.
When his attention was drawn to the absence of most of heads of departments, Dr Siddalingaiah said that as the Deputy Commissioner and the CEO had gone to Bangalore, they were absent at today’s meeting. “However I regret to note that many heads of departments are absent today, including the Mahanagarapalike Commissioner. The latter has deputed a second division clerk. I have taken serious note of his absence and sought an explanation from him”.
Similarly the Chairman announced that he would seek explanations from other heads and would not hesitate to initiate disciplinary action against them. “The officers are wrong if they thought that they could neglect the meeting and still get away scot free”, he remarked.
Earlier while reviewing the implementation of Kannada by the Mahanagarapalike, Dr Siddalingaiah took exception to the largescale existence of non-Kannada boards in the City. “Immediate steps be taken to replace them with the Kannada boards. Moreover at the time of issuing licenses and also renewal of licenses for shops and other commercial establishments, the presence of Kannada boards should be made compulsory”, he directed.
Further he ordered the tahasildars in the district to convene a meeting of petrol bunk owners to discuss with them the use of Kannada. “Take steps to ensure display of Kannada boards at the petrol refilling stations”, he added. Similarly Dr Siddalingiah wanted the banks to issue cheque books, DDs etc in Kannada.
He flayed the transport authorities for failing to ensure display of number plates in Kannada. “If the number plates are not in Kannada, don’t register them”, he observed.
However Dr Siddalingaiah was happy that the Gulbarga Electricity Supply Company was issuing the electricity bills in Kannada. “Some ESCOMS are not issuing the bills in Kannada. The example of GESCOM is worth emulating”, he added.
Moreover Dr Siddalingaiah called for treating the issue of implementation of Kannada as major subject in the Karnataka Development Programme meetings.
The Deputy Secretary of Zilla Panchayat Kashinath Gokhale was present.
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November 1st, 2006 at 5:43 am ( ಲೇಖನಗಳು)
ಮಗು ತನ್ನ ಕಣ್ಣು ಬಿಟ್ಟು ಮೊದಲು ಕಾಣುವುದೇ ತನ್ನ ತಾಯಿಯ ಮುಖವನ್ನು. ಅವಳ ಬಾಯಿಂದ ಬರುವ ಮಾತುಗಳೇ ಮಾತೃ ಭಾಷೆ. ಮಗು ತನ್ನ ತಾಯಿಯ ತುಟಿಗಳ ಚಲನೆ ನೋಡಿಯೇ ಮಾತುಗಳನ್ನು ಕಲಿಯುವುದು. ಹಾಗಾಗಿ ಮಕ್ಕಳಿಗೆ ಭಾಷೆ ಕಲಿಸುವುದು ತಾಯಿಯೇ.
ಇಂದಿನ ಮಕ್ಕಳಿಗೆ ಶಾಲೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಆಂಗ್ಲ ಭಾಷೆಯ ಮೂಲಕ ವಿದ್ಯೆ ನೀಡುವುದು ಮತ್ತು ವಿದ್ಯೆ ಕೊಡಿಸುವುದು ಸರ್ವೇ ಸಾಮಾನ್ಯವಾಗಿದೆ. ಹೀಗಾಗಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಮಾತೃ ಭಾಷೆಯಾದ ಕನ್ನಡವನ್ನು ಮರೆಯುವಂತಾಗಿದೆ. ಇದು ತೀರಾ ಶೋಚನೀಯ. ಇದಕ್ಕೆ ಮುಖ್ಯ ಕಾರಣವೆಂದರೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿನ ಓದಿಗೆ ಕನ್ನಡ ಭಾಷೆಯ ಮಾಧ್ಯಮದಲ್ಲಿ ಅನುಕೂಲವಿಲ್ಲವೆಂಬ ಅನುಮಾನ. ಇದರಲ್ಲಿ ಸತ್ಯವಿಲ್ಲ. ಇಷ್ಟೇ ಓದಿದರೂ ಯಾವುದೇ ಭಾಷೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಓದಿದರೂ ಅದು ಮೊದಲು ಮನಸ್ಸಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಗ್ರಹಣವಾಗೋದು ಮಾತೃಭಾಷೆಯಲ್ಲೇ ನಂತರ ಅದು ವ್ಯಕ್ತಪಡಿಸಬೇಕಾದ ಭಾಷೆಗೆ ತರ್ಜುಮೆಗೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತದೆ. ಯಾವುದೇ ಪದಗಳಿಗಾಗಲೀ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಸೂಕ್ತವಾದ ಪರ್ಯಾಯ ಸಿಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಈಗ ನೋಡಿ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲೇ ಐ ಏ ಎಸ್ ಮಾಡಿದ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿ ಇದ್ದಾರೆ. ಇವರನ್ನೇ ಮಾದರಿಯಾಗಿ ಇಟ್ಟುಕೊಂಡು ನಾವು ನಮ್ಮ ಮಕ್ಕಳಿಗೂ ಕನ್ನಡ ಕಲಿಕೆಗೆ ತೊಡಗಿಸಬೇಕು. ಕನ್ನಡವನ್ನು ನಮ್ಮ ಮಕ್ಕಳ್ಳಲ್ಲದೇ ಮತ್ತಿನ್ಯಾರು ಕಲಿಯಬೇಕು ಮತ್ತು ಕಲಿಯುತ್ತಾರೆ.
ಇದೇ ಸಮಯದಲ್ಲಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಸರ್ಕಾರವು ಹಿಂದಿಯನ್ನು ಹೇರಲು ಪ್ರಯತ್ನಿಸುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಇದರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ನನ್ನದೊಂದೆರಡು ಮಾತುಗಳು ಹೀಗಿವೆ.
೧೯೬೩ರಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾರತದ ಸಂವಿಧಾನ ರೀತ್ಯಾ ಹಿಂದಿ ಭಾಷೆಯನ್ನು ರಾಜ ಭಾಷೆ ಎಂದು ಘೋಷಿಸಿದರು. ಅದು ೧೯೬೫ರ ಜನವರಿ ೨೬ನೇ ತಾರೀಖಿನಿಂದ ಜಾರಿಗೆ ಬಂದಿತು. ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ನೆನಪಿರಬಹುದು. ಆಗ ಡೌನ್ ವಿತ್ ಹಿಂದಿ ಅನ್ನುವ ಆಂದೋಳನ ಬಹಳ ಬಿರುಸಾಗಿ ದಕ್ಷಿಣ ಭಾರತದಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆಯಿತು. ಅದರ ಪ್ರಭಾವವೇ ತಮಿಳರು ಪ್ರಬಲವಾಗಲು ಕಾರಣ. ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರು ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ನಿಧಾನಸ್ಥರು ಮತ್ತು ಸಂದರ್ಭಕ್ಕೆ ತಕ್ಕಂತೆ ಅನುಸರಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು ಹೋಗುವವರಾಗಿ ಇವರ ಮೇಲೆ ಹಿಂದಿಯನ್ನು ಹೇರಲು ಬಲು ಸುಲಭ ಎಂಬುದು ಭಾರತ ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ನಿಲುವಾಯಿತು. ಅದರ ಫಲ ನಾವು ಈಗ ಅನುಭವಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ಅದರಲ್ಲೂ ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಸ್ವಾಮ್ಯದ ಕಛೇರಿ, ಬ್ಯಾಂಕುಗಳು, ಫ್ಯಾಕ್ಟರಿಗಳು, ರೈಲ್ವೇ, ಮತ್ತಿತರೇ ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ಹಿಡಿತದಲ್ಲಿ ಬರುವ ಸಂಸ್ಥಾನಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಹಿಂದಿಯ ಹೇರಿಕೆ ದಿನೇ ದಿನೇ ಜಾಸ್ತಿಯಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. ನಮ್ಮ ಹಿರಿಯರು ಆಗ ತಮಿಳರಂತೆ ಏನಾದರೂ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮ ಕೈಗೊಂಡಿದ್ದರೆ, ಕನ್ನಡ ಭಾಷೆ ಅವನತಿ ಅಂಚಿಗೆ ಹೋಗುತ್ತಿರಲಿಲ್ಲ.
ಅಫಿಷಿಯಲ್ ಲಾಂಗುಯೇಜ್ ಯಾಕ್ಟ್, ೧೯೬೩ ಎಂಬುದನ್ನು ಜಾರಿಗೆ ತರಲಾಗಿದೆ.
ನಾನು ಹೇಳೋದಿಷ್ಟೇ. ಹೇಗೆ ಉತ್ತರ ಭಾರತೀಯರು ಹಿಂದಿಯನ್ನಲ್ಲದೇ ಬೇರೆ ಭಾಷೆಯನ್ನು ಅರ್ಥ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ಆಗುವುದಿಲ್ಲ ಎಂದು ಹಿಂದಿಯನ್ನು ಸಂಪರ್ಕ ಭಾಷೆಯನ್ನಾಗಿ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೋ ಹಾಗೆಯೇ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರೀಯ ಭಾಷೆಗಳಿಗೂ ಪ್ರಾಮುಖ್ಯತೆಯನ್ನು ಕೊಟ್ಟು ಅವುಗಳನ್ನು ಉಳಿಸಲಿ, ಬೆಳೆಸಲಿ. ಹಿಂದಿಯೇತರ ಎಲ್ಲ ಭಾಷೆಗಳಲ್ಲೂ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ ಅಪರಿಮಿತವಾಗಿ ಬೆಳೆದಿದೆ. ನಮ್ಮ ಕನ್ನಡದ ಉಗಮದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ನೋಡಿ ಇಲ್ಲಿ. ಇಷ್ಟು ಹಳೆಯದಾದ ಭಾಷೆ, ಇನ್ನೂ ಹತ್ತು ಹಲವಾರು ಭಾಷೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಜನ್ಮ ಕೊಟ್ಟಂಥ ಭಾಷೆ, ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಅಪರಿಮಿತವಾಗಿ ಬೆಳೆದಿರುವಂತಹ ಭಾಷೆಯನ್ನು ಹಿಂದಿಗಿಂತ ಮೇಲೆ ತರೋದು ಬೇಡ, ಹಿಂದಿಯ ಸಮಾನಾಂತರಕ್ಕೆ ಇಟ್ಟರೂ ಸಾಕು. ಇದರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಇಲ್ಲೂ ಹೀಗೆ ಹೇಳಿದೆ ನೋಡಿ.
ನಮಗೆ ದೆಹಲಿಯೇ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರದ ರಾಜಧಾನಿಯಾಗಿರಲಿ, ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಆಗೋದು ಬೇಡ. ಆದರೆ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ದೆಹಲಿ ಆಗೋದು ಬೇಡ. ಎಲ್ಲ ರಾಜ್ಯಗಳಂತೆ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕವೂ ಸೇರಿ ಭಾರತವಾಗಲಿ. ಇಡೀ ಭಾರತವೇ ಒಂದು ರಾಜ್ಯವಾಗಲು ಸಾಧ್ಯವಿಲ್ಲ. ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರಕ್ಕೆ ಏನೇ ಧಕ್ಕೆ ಬಂದರೂ ಸರಿಯೇ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರೇ ಮೊದಲಿಗರಾಗಿ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರ ಗೌರವ ಕಾಪಾಡುವೆವು. ನನ್ನ ಕಳಕಳಿಯ ಮನವಿಯಿಷ್ಟೇ, ಹಿಂದಿಯ ಹೇರಿಕೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಮೇಲೆ ಬೇಡ. ಇಂಗ್ಲೀಷ್ ಕೂಡಾ ನಮಗೆ ಬೇಡ. ಹಿಂದಿಯ ಬೆಳವಣಿಗೆಗೆ ಕೊಡುವ ಸೌಲಭ್ಯ ಸವಲತ್ತು ಕನ್ನಡಕ್ಕೂ ಕೊಡಿ. ಕನ್ನಡವೂ ಬೆಳೆಯಲಿ.
ಇದರ ಪ್ರಕಾರ ಮೊದಲು ೧೫ ವರ್ಷಗಳು ಇಂಗ್ಲೀಷ್ ಅನ್ನು ಹಿಂದಿಯ ಜೊತೆ ಜೊತೆಯಾಗಿ ಉಪಯೋಗಿಸಬಹುದು ಎಂದಿದ್ದರು. ಇದನ್ನು ಮಾಡಿದವರು ಯಾರು? ಇದರಲ್ಲಿ ಹಿಂದಿ ಭಾಷಿಗರೇ ಹೆಚ್ಚಾಗಿದ್ದರು. ದಕ್ಷಿಣ ಭಾರತದಲ್ಲಿ ತಮಿಳುನಾಡಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಹಿಂದಿ ಹೇರಿಕೆಯ ವಿರುದ್ಧವಾಗಿ ೧೯೬೮ರಲ್ಲಿ ಹೋರಾಟ ನಡೆದದ್ದರಿಂದ ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಹಿಂದಿಯ ಹೇರಿಕೆ ಮುಂದುವರೆಯಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಇದೇ ಕಾರಣದಿಂದ ರಾಜ್ಯದ ಹೆಸರನ್ನು ಮದರಾಸಿನಿಂದ ತಮಿಳುನಾಡು ಎಂದು ಬದಲಾಯಿಸಿದರು. ಪಂಜಾಬ ಪ್ರಾಂತ್ಯ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣವಾಗಲು ಈ ವಿಷಯ ವೂ ಒಂದು ಕಾರಣ. ಪಶ್ಚಿಮ ಬಂಗಾಳದಲ್ಲೂ ಹಿಂದಿ ಹೇರಿಕೆಗೆ ವಿರೋಧವಿದೆ. ನಮ್ಮ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರಲ್ಲಿ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿನ ಸಹಿಷ್ಣುತೆ ಭಾವ ಇರುವುದರಿಂದ ನಮ್ಮ ಮೇಲೆ ಎಲ್ಲರೂ ಸವಾರಿ ಮಾಡುವ ಹಾಗೆ ಆಗಿದೆ.
ಕನ್ನಡದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಜಾಗೃತಿ ಮೂಡುತ್ತಿರುವ ಈ ಸುಸಮಯದಲ್ಲಿ ನಮ್ಮಿಂದ ಚುನಾಯಿತರಾದ ರಾಜಕಾರಣಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಮನವಿ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಳ್ಳೋಣ. ಕನ್ನಡವನ್ನು ಉಳಿಸಿ, ಬೆಳೆಸಿ. ಕನ್ನಡಕ್ಕೆ ಮೊದಲ ಆದ್ಯತೆ ಸಿಗಲಿ.
ವಿದ್ಯಾಭ್ಯಾಸ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲೇ ಇಲ್ಲದಿರುವುದೊಂದು ಖೇದದ ವಿಷಯ. ಹೇಗೆ ಚೀನಾ, ಕೊರಿಯಾ, ಜಪಾನ್, ಜರ್ಮನಿ ಮತ್ತಿತರೇ ಮುಂದುವರೆದ ದೇಶಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ವಿದ್ಯಾಭ್ಯಾಸವು ಅವರದ್ದೇ ಭಾಷೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಲಭ್ಯವಿದೆಯೋ ಹಾಗೇ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲೇ ಎಲ್ಲ ವಿಷಯಗಳ ವಿದ್ಯೆಯೂ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲೇ ಲಭ್ಯವಾಗುವಂತೆ ಮಾಡಬೇಕು. ನಮ್ಮಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಬುದ್ಧಿ ಜೀವಿಗಳು ಅವರವರ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಇಂಗ್ಲೀಷ್ ಅಥವಾ ಬೇರೆ ಯಾವುದೇ ಭಾಷೆಯಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಪದಗಳನ್ನು ಕನ್ನಡೀಕರಿಸಿ ಪಾರಿಭಾಷಿಕ ನಿರ್ಮಿಸಲು ಮುಂದಾಗಲಿ. ಇದರಿಂದಾಗಿ ಮುಂದಿನ ಪೀಳಿಗೆಯ ವಿದ್ಯಾಭ್ಯಾಸದಲ್ಲಿ ಎಲ್ಲ ವಿಷಯಗಳೂ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲೇ ಲಭ್ಯವಾಗಲಿ. ಆಗ ಎಲ್ಲ ಮಕ್ಕಳೂ ಕನ್ನಡವನ್ನು ಕಡ್ಡಾಯವಾಗಿ ಕಲಿಯಬಹುದು. ಈ ನಿಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರಕ್ಕೆ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರು ಮಾದರಿಯಾಗಲು ಪ್ರಯತ್ನಿಸೋಣ, ಎಂಬುದು ನನ್ನ ಚಿಂತನೆ.
ಇನ್ನೂ ನೋಡಿ ಕನ್ನಡದ ಸೊಗಡಿಗೆ ಮಾರು ಹೋಗಿ ಬಹಳ ಹಿಂದೆ ಕ್ರೈಸ್ತ ಧರ್ಮ ಪ್ರಚಾರಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಬಂದ ರೆವರೆಂಡ್ ಫಾದರ್ ಕಿಟ್ಟೆಲ್ ಅವರು ಕನ್ನಡ ಕಲಿತು ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲೇ ಪಾರಿಭಾಷಿಕ ರಚಿಸಿದರು. ಇವರು ಮೂಲತ: ಜರ್ಮನಿಯವರು. ಇನ್ನು ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲೇ ಜಾಸ್ತಿ ಜ್ಞಾನಪೀಠ ಪ್ರಶಸ್ತಿ ಪಡೆದವರು ಇರುವುದು. ಹಾಗೆ ನೋಡಿದರೆ ಅವರಲ್ಲಿ ಬಹಳಷ್ಟು ಕವಿಗಳ ಮನೆ ಮಾತು ಕನ್ನಡವಲ್ಲವೇ ಅಲ್ಲ. ಇನ್ನೂ ಕನ್ನಡದ ಮೊದಲ ಪ್ರೊಫೆಸರ್ ಆಗಿದ್ದ ತಳುಕಿನ ವೆಂಕಣ್ಣಯ್ಯನವರ ಮನೆ ಮಾತು ತೆಲುಗು. ಅವರು ಅವರ ಶಿಷ್ಯಂದಿರುಗಳಿಗೆ ಮನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಊಟ ಹಾಕಿ ಪಾಠ ಹೇಳಿಕೊಟ್ಟಂಥವರು. ಇಂತಹ ಮಹನೀಯರ ಸಾಲಿಗೇ ಸೇರುವ ಡಿ.ವಿ.ಗುಂಡಪ್ಪ, ದ.ರಾ.ಬೇಂದ್ರೆ, ಕನ್ನಡ ಕುಲ ಪುರೋಹಿತ ಎಂದೇ ಪ್ರಸಿದ್ಧರಾಗಿದ್ದ ಆಲೂರು ವೆಂಕಟರಾಯರು, ಇತ್ಯಾದಿ ಮಹಾಪುರುಷರ ಬಗ್ಗೆಯೂ ನಾವು ತಿಳಿದು ನಮ್ಮ ಮಕ್ಕಳಿಗೆ ಮತ್ತು ಇಂದಿನ ತರುಣ ಜನಾಂಗಕ್ಕೆ ತಿಳಿಸಿಕೊಡಬೇಕಾಗಿದೆ. ಇಂತಹ ಹತ್ತು ಹಲವಾರು ವಿಷಯಗಳಿಂದ ಅವರುಗಳು ಕನ್ನಡ ಭಾಷೆಯ ಹಿರಿಮೆ ತಿಳಿಯಬೇಕಾಗಿದೆ. ಇವರೆಲ್ಲ ಪ್ರಾತ:ಸ್ಮರಣೀಯರು. ಇಂದಿನ ಮಹಾಪುರುಷರುಗಳ ಸಾಲಿನಲ್ಲಿರುವ ನಡೆದಾಡುವ ದೇವರೆಂದೇ ಪ್ರಸಿದ್ಧವಾದ ಶಿವಕುಮಾರ ಸ್ವಾಮಿಜಿಗಳನ್ನೂ ಹೆಸರಿಸಬಹುದು. ಇವರುಗಳಿಂದಲೇ ಕನ್ನಡದ ಭಾಷೆಯ ಶ್ರೀಗಂಧ ವಿಶ್ವದಲ್ಲೆಲ್ಲಾ ಪಸರಿಸಿರುವುದು.
ಈಗೀಗ ಪರಭಾಷೀಯರ ದಾಳಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಕನ್ನಡನಾಡಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಬಹಳವಾಗಿದೆ. ಈಗಿನ ಕನ್ನಡ ನಾಡು ಇನ್ನೊಂದು ಹಾಳು ಹಂಪೆಯಾಗಲು ಅವಕಾಶ ಕೊಡೋದು ಬೇಡ. ಈ ದಿಸೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮೊದಲು ನಾವು ನಮ್ಮ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ತಿಳಿದುಕೊಳ್ಳೋಣ. ತಿಳಿದು ಕಲಿಯೋಣ. ಕಲಿತು ಕಲಿಸೋಣ. ಕಲಿಸಿ ಬೆಳೆಯೋಣ. ಬೆಳೆದು ನಾಡನ್ನೂ ಬೆಳೆಸಿ, ಸದೃಢಗೊಳಿಸೋಣ. ಇದು ನಮ್ಮ ಮೊದಲನೆಯ ಆದ್ಯತೆಯಾಗಲಿ.
ಹಾಗೆಂದು ಯಾವ ಭಾಷೆಗಳೂ ನಮಗೆ ವೈರಿಗಳಲ್ಲ. ಎಲ್ಲ ಭಾಷೆಗಳೂ ತಾಯಿಯಂದಿರ ಹಾಗೆ.
ಯಾವ ತಾಯಿಯೂ ಕೆಟ್ಟವಳಲ್ಲ. ಅವಳು ಮಾಡುವುದೆಲ್ಲ ತನ್ನ ಮಕ್ಕಳ ಹಿತಕ್ಕಾಗಿಯೇ. ಇತರ ಭಾಷೆಗಳನ್ನೂ ನಾವು ಕಲಿಯಬೇಕು. ಆದರೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಭಾಷೆಯನ್ನು ಮರೆಯುವಂತಾಗಬಾರದು. ಈಗೀಗ ಇಡೀ ಜಗತ್ತೇ ಚಿಕ್ಕದಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಯಾರು ಎಲ್ಲಿ ಬೇಕಾದರೂ ಜೀವನ ಮಾಡಬೇಕಾದ ಪ್ರಮೇಯ ಬರಬಹುದು. ಎಲ್ಲಿ ಉಳಿಯಬೇಕೋ ಅಲ್ಲಿಯ ಭಾಷೆ , ಜನಜೀವನಕ್ಕೆ ಹೊಂದಿಕೊಳ್ಳಬೇಕು. ಹೀಗೇ ಕನ್ನಡನಾಡಿಗೆ ಬರುವ ಪರಭಾಷಿಯರೂ ಕನ್ನಡವನ್ನು ಕಲಿಯಬೇಕು. ಇದಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ನಾವೆಲ್ಲರೂ ಕನ್ನಡ ಕಲಿಸೋಣ , ಎಲ್ಲರ ಪ್ರೀತಿ ಗಳಿಸೋಣ. ಕನ್ನಡದ ಸೊಗಡನ್ನು ಜಗತ್ತಿಗೇ ಸಾರೋಣ.
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