Pro-Kannada activists deface English, Hindi signboards at Bengaluru mall

A pro-Kannada group named Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV) defaced English and Hindi signages outside a restaurant in a Bengaluru mall. This comes after a sustained anti-Hindi row in the state carried out by such pro-Kannada groups.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:July 6, 2017 5:51 pm
Pravin Shetty, Pro-Kannada Groups, anti-Hindi campaign Pravin Shetty, leader of pro-Kannada group Karnataka Rakshana Vedike. Source (ANI)

A pro-Kannada group, Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV), defaced English and Hindi signages outside a restaurant at a Bengaluru mall. This comes after a sustained anti-Hindi row in the state carried out by such pro-Kannada groups.

The incident took place at a restaurant in Karnataka’s capital city Bengaluru’s Eco Tech park.

“If you put Kannada signages in Delhi and other places then we will put your signages in Karnataka,” said Pravin Shetty, leader of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike, as quoted by ANI.

He objected against industries using the state resources but being choosy when it comes to using the language of the region. “Industries use land, electricity of Karnataka for profit. But they don’t want to use [our] language or give jobs to Kannadigas,” he added.

Owing to the IT boom in the last two decades, Bengaluru has become the silicon valley of India, and the city is now home to professionals from other states who are engaged in the sector.

On July 3 this year, signboards at two Metro stations in the city — Chickpete and Majestic — were plastered to hide the Hindi script.

An anti-Hindi Twitter campaign was also carried out recently using the hashtag #NammaMetroHindiBeda (Our Metro, we don’t want Hindi).

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah also came out in support of the anti-Hindi social media campaign and asked his officials to find out what policy and protocol are being followed in states where the native or common language isn’t Hindi like Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha etc.

The Kannada Development Authority, after the directions of the CM, issued a notice to the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. The authority directed BMRCL to submit an explanation as to why it was using a three-language policy.

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    Anand
    Jul 9, 2017 at 3:57 am
    If this is the argument that 30 Indians only speak hindi then the next argument should be God save India. The only language which today has the capacity, capability and most importantly understandability among the rest of the 70 Indians is the only language which is abused in so many manners No not that its a language of the poor hungry immigrant uncultured cow belt or the community steeped in caste and communalism or under educated masses. No its the same situation everywhere just that when a few highly educated well traveled well fed group of english people feel threatened that oh my god a new language is coming up and threatening english the language that can dethrone our english thinking behaviour and not just that our coming generations would also over whelmed with the language of the poor hungry immigrant uncultured cow belt it definitely becomes a big problem. Yes its a big problem its as big a problem as a non hindi speaking person starting to hate a hindi speaking person who
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      sanathana dharmachari
      Jul 7, 2017 at 4:50 pm
      If only Hindi speaking BiMaRU states are removed from the Indian Union, India would have been a first world country by now ! Alas, this was not to be !
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        Gokulakrishnan
        Jul 7, 2017 at 10:56 am
        Why accept Indian currency Since Hindi is used along with English as main language there? Grow up s...We have China and Pakistan trying to sneak in our country and you guys still are fighting for trivial issues like language. Be Indian first.
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          L. Damodar
          Jul 8, 2017 at 1:51 pm
          Language and ethnicity are all the more important too, there are highway signs which has only Hindi and then English, and no Tamil in Tamilnadu, feel the systematic oppression of the regional languages? Heck if you impose northie culture and language on us, forget about being a union. u grow a s... first
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          Roby Mani
          Jul 6, 2017 at 8:59 pm
          This can be called for Tat, The Hindi speaking chauvinists of the North are trying to impose their language on the South Indians. This is the reason for the backlash. Hindi cannot be and should not be forced on the South Indians who are not interested in learning it. If one is put into a situation where it is absolutely necessary for him to learn it to get along , he will do so. The choice should be left to him and not dictated on him by the North Indian lobby.
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            ganapati nayak
            Jul 7, 2017 at 2:29 pm
            Hindi is official language of the Union Government.Namma Metro is centrally funded project.Every project initiated by the central Govt must have Hindi
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              sanathana dharmachari
              Jul 7, 2017 at 4:48 pm
              Where is the center getting those funds, I wonder ! Which are the highest revenue generating states? And how many Hindi speaking BiMaRU states contribute in proportion to their humongous populations ?
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            Citizen
            Jul 6, 2017 at 8:11 pm
            Shame on all those guys who are so narrow minded and ruining the opportunities to grow and live and let live in peace. If they think only Kannada guys visit their state and the people can sustain businesses and they learn only a particular language in this modern world there is nothing more suicidal than this let these guys set an example by not allowing their children to learn any other language most ic way of thinking. Rulers should make laws to make it mandatory for all the states to put boards in all three language at least on all government buildings road signs and other visitors parks,places.Let transport and railway ministers initiate this first step. Jaihind
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              Lovely
              Jul 6, 2017 at 8:50 pm
              Which 3 languages you are talking about? This language virus has started from BIMARU states. For eg in UP even numbers are written in Hindi. Bangalore has more Telugu and Tamil speaking people than Hindi walas. Hindi people are only 2 per cent of the population.
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                Citizen
                Jul 6, 2017 at 10:56 pm
                You should know local,Hindi,English you can not have all the languages of the cons ution so people like are the bane of the nation. Ask your children to learn only Kannada and rot in that area only. Jaihind
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              Lovely
              Jul 6, 2017 at 7:42 pm
              Hindi is language of BIMARU states.
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                ganapati nayak
                Jul 7, 2017 at 2:33 pm
                Hindi is official language of the Union Government (article 343)and Union Government is a National Government.States are not independent kingdoms,Union Govt is the first Government for the states
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                S Subramaniam
                Jul 6, 2017 at 7:42 pm
                If these people travel to other places in what language they would converse?
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                  mimi sur
                  Jul 6, 2017 at 6:31 pm
                  This is utter intolerance and happens in a congress rule state . Defacing Hindi is understandable though I am against it . But if you deface English, what would normal public and tourists do ?
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