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Karnataka celebrates formation day

 Karnataka celebrates formation day

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Tuesday, October 31, 2006 (Bangalore):

Karnataka is celebrating its 50th birthday. The erstwhile Mysore state was formed in 1956 and was renamed only in 1973.

But after 2000 years of history there seems to be a feeling that something still needs to be done to assert the Kannada identity.

The song written by the Kannada poet Kuvempu, jaya bharata jananiya tanu jate, speaks of the physical beauty of the land and the unity in all the state’s diversity.

But Karnataka’s 50th birthday comes at a time when there is a need being felt to emphasise the Kannada identity and protect the interest of Kannadigas in their own state.

The Kannada Sahitya Parishat is not keen on the state government’s decision to introduce English as a subject from the first standard in government schools.

There are intermittent calls for reservation for Kannadigas in flourishing industries like IT.

Belgaum recently hosted a special assembly session to fight off demands from Marathi speaking people living there for the area to join Maharashtra and Kannada boards are compulsory for all establishments.

“This is done now as a kind of assertion and seems artificial but it will be necessary once we are literate. This cannot be stopped. Then there will be five crore literate Kannadigas and there will have to be Kannada boards. Higher education has to be given in Kannada if it has to reach all these people,” said Ananth Murthy, Jnanpith Awardee and Kannada Writer.

“There is feeling of alienation among Kannadigas who can’t speak English. This was not there earlier because people who came here learnt the language. When Queen Victoria took over India she published her proclamation in Kannada, but the globalisers don’t worry about Kannada,” Murthy added.

City of the future

When the state was formed in 1956 Bangalore, in particular, was the home of the public sector giants.

Bangalore was Nehru’s city of the future but even India’s first prime minister could not have anticipated the changes in the decades to come.

The IT industry took over, changing forever the image of the city and putting it on the world map, thereby raising the standard and the cost of living.

But at the same time the rural areas did not develop at the same pace, leading to lopsided development. And another fallout of the IT boom was an influx of people into the state from outside, leaving many Kannadigas feeling alienated in their home state.

The Suvarna Karnataka celebrations are an attempt to highlight the culture and traditions of the state and to inform those unfamiliar with these customs and to remind the Kannadigas themselves of their identity.

Changing of names

Old Name New Name
Bangalore Bengaluru
Mangalore Mangaluru
Mysore Mysoru
Belgaum Belgavi
Gulbarg Kalaburgi
Hospet Hosapete
Shimoga Shivamogga
Hubli Hubballi
Tumkur Tumakuru
Chikmangalur Chikmangaluru
Bellary Ballary
Bijapur Vijayapura/Vijapura

The changing of names of places around Karnataka is a step in this direction.

The government of Karnataka has decided to change the names of 12 cities/towns in consonance with their pronunciation in Kannada.

“All the names of persons, towns, cities have a significance of their own. But we are changing our own style by trying to adapt a so-called western or European style. Instead of Bengaluru we say Bangalore to make it a stylish pronunciation. So we want to go back to that meaningful word,” said K V R Tagore.

The challenges ahead for Karnataka include – making life better for the rural poor who have largely been left behind in development, making the urban areas including the eight million strong Bangalore more liveable.

But it has to be seen that while Karnataka moves ahead and takes its place in the world, it does not forget what is good about it’s past.

November 1, 2006 - Posted by | Bangalore, Karnataka and Kannada, Nanjundappa Report

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