Centre’s stand of using three-language formula ‘not reasonable’: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah requested the Centre to acknowledge the cultural aspirations of the people of Karnataka. He also urged the Centre to look into the practical utility of Kannada and English languages for signages in Namma Metro.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 28, 2017 7:59 pm
Karnataka, Hindi language, Bengaluru, Bengaluru protests, namma metro, Bengaluru metro, india news Pro-Kannada org protest in Bengaluru, demanding reservation for Kannadigas &asking Namma metro to transfer Hindi speaking engineers. (Source: ANI photo)

In the backdrop of the protests in Bengaluru over the use of Hindi language in Karnataka, state Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday deemed the Centre’s stand of using the three-language-formula as ‘not reasonable’. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah requested the Centre to acknowledge the cultural aspirations of the people of Karnataka. He also urged the Centre to look into the practical utility of Kannada and English languages for signages in Namma Metro. Siddaramaiah wrote to Urban Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar over Hindi signages in Namma Metro.

Meanwhile, a pro-Kannada organisation protested in Bengaluru on Friday, demanding reservation for Kannadigas in the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) and also asked for the transfer of Hindi speaking engineers from the engineering department of the BMRCL.

The protests come at the backdrop of Kannada Development Authority (KDA) asking the state government, earlier this week, to issue instructions to BMRCL to give Kannada-speaking people the first priority, according to a report by TOI.

On Thursday, KDA Chairman SG Siddaramaiah in letters to Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Chief Secretary Subhash Chandra Khuntia and Additional Chief Secretary (Urban Development) Mahendra Jain had asked the State Government to issue the required instructions to BMRCL to give Kannada first priority. Earlier this week, KDA had inspected the BMRCL and took up the issues, including employment of non-Kannadigas in the engineering department of the BMRCL.

According to TOI, Siddaramaiah’s letter reads, “There are seven chief engineers in the BMRCL who are non-Kannadigas. Karnataka has the highest number of engineering colleges in the country and we have a lot of qualified Kannadigas to do the job. The hiring of so many non-Kannadigas is in ‘violation’ of the Sarojini Mahishi report. As a first step the government must ensure that these (non-Kannadiga) engineers are relieved from their jobs.”

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    Dr.D.T.subhash
    Jul 29, 2017 at 3:37 am
    It is election time 2018: For congress, every thing possible to change its ideology for the sake of votes. We should use our mother tongue in home and state level administration but we should also respect our National language : core ingredient of our nationalism and patriotism. Respected CM is misguided : Hope sense prevail in him not to use " Narrow lane" for the sake of survival of congress: Please remember: You may not be the chief minister next time even if you win this election.
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      Lovely
      Jul 29, 2017 at 4:04 am
      Which national language ? But Hindi is not national language.
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      Ashok
      Jul 28, 2017 at 11:11 pm
      The Congress government in Karnataka is trying to use kannada to get themselves elected in the coming assembly elections.shamelessly Congress are the one who have spoilt the country in the name of caste and language
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      1. Jafar Zaidi
        Jul 28, 2017 at 10:54 pm
        In fact three language formula is not implemented in Hindi speaking state in letter and spirit. A south Indian language not Sanskirit be taught in north. Even Urdu has been discriminated and is now being taught mainly in south. If we want hindi to progress we should respect other Indian languages. We have seen division of Pakistan on language basis . Bengali is near to Sanskrit and was not a Muslim language but the population spoke bengali . Urdu could not be accepted on religious ground as Hindi and Sanskrit being imposed in India.
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          Lovely
          Jul 29, 2017 at 6:16 am
          Zaidi you are right Hindi pictures all dialogues are in Urdu only. But categorised as Hindi picture. Urdu is sweetest language in the world and language of poets. Hindi is not classical language and there are many languages which are older than Hindi.
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        2. Ankit Kumar
          Jul 28, 2017 at 10:46 pm
          Kannadigas are proving themselves as a complete by involving themsleves in such uncalled-for act of banning Hindi..They should understand that nobody is losing anything,no culture is getting lost if people speak Hindi in times of need.. nobody will lose the eyesight after seeing Hindi written anywhere .. Grow up people!!
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            Lovely
            Jul 29, 2017 at 4:18 am
            Ankit for eg in UP even numbers are written in Hindi, all places only Hindi name boards.
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            Sivasamy
            Jul 28, 2017 at 10:19 pm
            All Indian citizens are brothers and sisters. But today the brothers and sisters are slow poisoned and pity is it is enjoyed. Before it gets worse let people realize and save this nation. India is great country with cultural diversity. Do not damage it for one theory or ambitions of a group. Let people who love hindi learn it. Let people who do not want learn English. Economic prosperity of southern states are already targeted indirectly by targeting English. To rule India southern states are not needed. Just UP, MP Bihar, Rajasthan and Gujarat is enough. Clever minds know that and they have tasted it. One guy from Guajarat united cultural diversity to a good nation. Pity is another one from same state works out to break it. God save this country.
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            1. Ankit Kumar
              Jul 28, 2017 at 10:31 pm
              Sensible one...if only everyone down south had the same mindset as you
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                Lovely
                Jul 29, 2017 at 4:21 am
                Here question is about imposition. In Hindi states only Hindi is learnt and English is formality with pass marks. For Southies 3 languages but for BIMARU states it is only 2 languages.
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