Kannada, Kannadiga, Kannadigaru, Karnataka,

Kannadigarella ondaagi Kannadavannu ulisona, kalisona and belesona

DEJAGOW on HungerStrike for KANNADA



Classical status for Kannada: D Javare Gowda stages fast
Mysore, UNI:
Former Vice-Chancellor of Mysore University and noted writer D Javare Gowda on Saturday observed a fast here, demanding classical language status for Kannada.

Talking to newspersons at the fast venue, Prof Gowda alleged that the Centre was showing a ”stepmotherly” attitude towards Karnataka and Kannada language.

Prof Gowda also urged the MPs of the state to prevail upon the Centre for according classical language status to Kannada.

It was for the fourth time in the last two years; Mr Gowda was staging a hunger strike demanding the Centre to confer classical language status on Kannada.




Dejagow demands classical language status for Kannada


Staff CorrespondentMYSORE: Former Vice-Chancellor of University of Mysore and noted writer, D. Javare Gowda on Saturday observed a dawn to dusk fast in front of the Kuvempu statue at Kuvempu Vidyavardhaka Trust, demanding classical language status for Kannada. It was for the sixth time in the last two years that Mr. Gowda was observing a hunger strike for the same purpose.

Earlier, scores of writers and academicians expressed their support to Prof. D. Javare Gowda (who is popularly known as “Dejagow”) and joined him in the fast. President Karnataka Rakshana Vedike P.A. Narayana Gowda, MP Shivanna, Vice-Chancellor, Karnataka Open University, B.A. Vivek Rai, poet C.P. Krishnakumar, writer Akbar Ali and Chairman Translation Academy Pradhan Gurudutt were among them.Mr. Gowda, who had written to former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, that the language was an offshoot of the Proto-Dravidian language, Tamil. He had also threatened to return his Padmashree, if the Centre failed to address the demands of Kannadigas.

Speaking to reporters he said that Kannada was an ancient language and should be accorded classical language status. He regretted that this was not done to mark the 50th anniversary of the formation of the State. Prof. Gowda said that there was proof that the language existed before the Christian era and it had a history of more than 2,000 years.

He talked of noted personality Potti Sri Ramulu, who gave up his life when the then government did not accede to the demand for linguistic status in 1953.



November 10, 2007 - Posted by | Classical status to Kannada

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