Activists deface Hindi signboards at 40 Metro stations in Bengaluru

“Our intention was not to disrupt the services. We coloured the boards black in the early hours because we did not want to trouble commuters,” said B Sanneerappa, a leader of Karnataka Rakshana Vedike. Police have arrested 10 persons for defacing Hindi signboards at City Market station.

By: Express News Service | Bengaluru | Updated: July 21, 2017 4:32 am
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Pro-Kannada activists on Thursday defaced Hindi signboards in the vicinity of 40 Metro stations in Bengaluru as part of a campaign to oppose the use of Hindi as a third language by the Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL). The Karnataka Rakshana Vedike activists painted Hindi signboards outside the stations black around 4 am, before commencement of Metro services.

“Our intention was not to disrupt the services. We coloured the boards black in the early hours because we did not want to trouble commuters,” said B Sanneerappa, a leader of Karnataka Rakshana Vedike. Police have arrested 10 persons for defacing Hindi signboards at City Market station. Security at all Metro stations has been enhanced.

Soon after the first phase of the Metro became operational on June 18, pro-Kannada groups had asked BMRCL to halt the use of Hindi at Metro stations. The Kannada Development Authority also issued a 15 day deadline to BMRCL to remove Hindi signages. The activists are also demanding the removal of IAS officer Pradeep Singh Kharola, the BMRCL MD, for implementing the use of Hindi on the directions of the Centre.

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  1. I
    India
    Jul 21, 2017 at 12:39 pm
    Good initiative.
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    1. L
      Lovely
      Jul 21, 2017 at 12:33 pm
      In BIMARU states in some places even numbers are written in hindi. In BIMARU states every where, you will find only hindi boards. Police stations, Hospitals, Bus stands, Roads in all important places only in hindi, no english. As per official act 3 language formula was invented to make non BIMARU people learn hindi, but Hindi walas cunningly opted for sanskrit( 3rd language). Central govt should amend this policy.Moreover, an average non BIMARU person has no interest in tough official language hindi documents, he will see movies and speaks broken hindi . only simple hindi for survival.This imposition/ promotion at the cost of tax payers money should stop.
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      1. mimi sur
        Jul 21, 2017 at 11:23 am
        This is actually intolerance . I am not a Hindi speaker and won't advocate for this . This is something state and center need to decide upon. But if we can't show this much tolerance, then how can we show tolerance on other issues . Where are the award-wapsi jamat ? Now congress gov in Karnataka is going for its own state flag. Had a BJP ruled state done so, pseudo-secualrs would have jumped in with their swords.
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        1. kk
          Jul 21, 2017 at 6:18 pm
          When each party can have their own flag and symbols, why not states, i dont find it wrong, rather we need to press for rules and bring in resolutions.
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          manu
          Jul 21, 2017 at 10:45 am
          When congress party tacitly fuelling regionalism to counter BJP in Karnataka, why are liberals not outraged? PS: not a Hindi supporter.
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          1. Neon Logic
            Jul 21, 2017 at 10:08 am
            Hindi is not a national language. India is formed by british and english can be only link language between states.
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