Karnataka: Missing Kannada on plaque at Amit Shah’s event angers activists, Opposition

Union Home Minister Amit Shah and the BJP-led Karnataka authorities obtained extreme backlash from the Opposition and Kannada activists on Sunday for giving choice to Hindi over regional language Kannada at the ground-breaking ceremony for the brand new Rapid Action Force campus at Bhadravathi, Shivamogga district.

The ground-breaking ceremony for the campus, which was inaugurated by Shah within the presence of Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and different state ministers, noticed a banner put written solely in Hindi and a plaque having Hindi and English.

The footage from the event quickly turned a speaking level on social media with pro-Kannada activists and opposition events taking to Twitter to specific their outrage at the neglect of Kannada within the state. Over 25,000 tweets on #NoToHindiSlavery’s Kannada counterparts had been reported round until Monday morning.

Narayanagowda T A, president of Kannada Rakshana Vedike, a pro-Kannada group, mentioned, “Karnataka had not joined the Indian Union to be a slave for Hindi. We are a part of the Union as pure Kannadigas and will remain so. We have not permitted anyone to sit on our heads.”

Former Chief Minister and JD(S) chief HD Kumaraswamy condemned the prominence given to Hindi over Kannada. In an announcement mentioned, Kumaraswamy mentioned: “It is an unpardonable act that despite getting land from Karnataka for the RAF unit, Kannada has been completely ignored in the foundation stone plaque. Amit Shah should clarify to Kannadigas on the episode of violation of three-language formula in the plaque.”

The former CM mentioned it was the accountability of the Centre to point out due respect in the direction of the languages of the state however “violation of such a sensitive norm by the Union Home Minister himself is an insult to the Kannada language as well as Kannadigas”.

He accused CM Yediyurappa and his deputy of “choosing to ignore dignity and honour” of Karnataka and its language. “Those who tolerate insult to the dignity and honour of land as well as its language are not fit to hold the reigns of state’s administration. The act and behaviour of the Union Home Minister, Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister are nothing but betraying Kannadigas,” he mentioned.

Backing Kumaraswamy, DMK chief Kanimozhi on Monday mentioned the Union authorities ought to respect the tradition and language of every state as a substitute of imposing Hindi.

Karnataka Congress president D Ok Shivakumar additionally accused the BJP authorities of not exhibiting curiosity in regional languages and requested the state BJP unit to apologise to the individuals. “They have forgotten it is a federal structure in the constitution. So, they are trying to create confusion and differentiate among States. We condemn what the BJP has done. They lack common sense,” he mentioned.

Leader of Opposition within the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah mentioned that regardless of these efforts, the imposition of Hindi on Kannadigas will not be straightforward. “It is a crime. I condemn it,” he mentioned.

Twitter customers additionally discovered an previous tweet of BJP’s nationwide youth wing president and Bengaluru South MP Tejasvi Surya the place he had mentioned that he could be the primary to protest if Kannada was excluded from official boards in Karnataka.


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