Use of Hindi in Bengaluru metro: Pro-Kannada outfits threaten to launch stir against BJP MPs

President of Karnataka Rakshna Vedike, T A Narayana Gowda, has threatened to launch a protest in which Hindi signages at stations would be defaced. B Sanneerappa, the outfit’s secretary, said they would start a campaign against Kumar and Gowda.

By: Express News Service | Bengaluru | Updated: July 9, 2017 7:35 am
Pro kannada protest, bengaluru metro, bengaluru metro Hindi use, Indian express, india news, latest news The old row over use of Hindi in metro facilities has come to a boil since whole of the first phase, about 42 km long, became operational on June 17.

Pro-Kannada organisations have threatened to launch protests against three BJP MPs from Bengaluru over Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited’s (BMRCL) use of Hindi along with Kannada and English in trains and stations. This comes after the MPs — Union ministers D V Sadananda Gowda and H N Ananth Kumar and P C Mohan — backed the three-language policy implemented by BMRCL on directions of the Union Urban Development Ministry.

President of Karnataka Rakshna Vedike, T A Narayana Gowda, has threatened to launch a protest in which Hindi signages at stations would be defaced. B Sanneerappa, the outfit’s secretary, said they would start a campaign against Kumar and Gowda. “All of them are supporting the use of Hindi here. We will start a campaign against them and write to them, asking them to change their stand,’’ Sanneerappa said.

The state-linked Kannada Development Authority wrote to BMRCL on Thursday, asking it to stop the use of Hindi. “There is an order since 1963 that all state government institutes and offices have to follow the two-language system, and hence the order from the Union Ministry of Urban Development issued on December 9, 2016 to follow a three-language system on the metro must be cancelled,” KDA chairman S G Siddaramaiah wrote.

The old row over use of Hindi in metro facilities has come to a boil since whole of the first phase, about 42 km long, became operational on June 17. A week ago, Hindi words on signages at Kempegowda and Chickpet stations were masked. CM Siddaramaiah initially backed the pro-Kannada activists and questioned the three language policy. BMRCL MD Pradeep Singh Kharola told him that the three languages were being used as per directions of the Centre, which has partly funded the project. The CM then assured protesters that a decision on the issue would be taken after studying the policy followed by other states in metro services.

On Thursday, Union minister Gowda had told the media: “Kannada must get first preference since it is the state language. Since a majority of Indians speak Hindi, it should be the second language. English as an international language should also be there,’’

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    Lovely
    Jul 9, 2017 at 4:10 pm
    Which language a BIMARU state person will learn. He knows only one language. That is HINDI.
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      Lovely
      Jul 9, 2017 at 4:00 pm
      Murthy ji. we can have Sanskrit as official language? It is good. Because it will be inconvenient to all. At present Hindi is convenient to BIMARU people. It will end that. For eg in Israel Hebrew is official language. Israel was formed from jewish people from all world. There was debate and finally Hebrew was made official. But 95 per cent official communication is in English.Now actual issue is BIMARU people learn only Hindi and their English is also poor and Southies and other non BIMARU people are burdened with three languages. This is the crux The imposition or promotion of one language should end and it is ironic that Union Govt has Hindi Directorate and Hindi Committee . Why not regional languages directorate? Moreover, hindi is not even national language and it is just another regional language.
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        Murthy
        Jul 9, 2017 at 8:07 am
        Mentality is the problem.... too many frogs in the well in India.... who do not know the rest of the World. In China, Mandarin (comes from Sanskrit "Manthrin".., language spoken by Ministers at the Emperor's Court) is the "Official Language", just that one language. A Chinese person from Beijing cannot understand Cantonese, Ah Moy, Hokien or Hainanese languages. They are all separate languages. ONLY the Script is common to all Chinese. In Russia, Russian is the ONLY official language, although there are so many other languages in the Russian Federation from Azerbaijani, Chechen to Siberian dialects and Mon an. All large countries have many languages, but only one "official language". India has too many people with "contrary mentalities". Stand United, stay to make India Great, or go and work somewhere else, being bossed around by Arabs, Americans and Africans and Chinese....and whoever....
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          Murthy
          Jul 9, 2017 at 7:56 am
          Unfortunately, there is a large section of active but tricky Indians - 'budding Politicians' who will latch on to language and 'ethnicity' in the South but to caste in the North..... They have been around for ages in Tamil Nadu. They have got VERY RICH cheating the Tamil people with allegations of "domination" by North. Now, some Kannadigas are hoping to emulate the DMK type of distractions in Karnataka. These fellows are Anti-National because ONLY result of what they are doing will be..they will GET VERY RICH. Their children will speak fluent Hindi and English. The poor, slim younmen who run around for them will remain poor and miserable all they way to their graves... I have seen many DMK volunteers die early deaths, while Karunanidhi is living comfortably past his 90s... All the Nidhis have done very well out of 'Dravidian' talk. Same thing will happen in Karnataka... I tell ordinary Kannadigas..."Your Kannada will always be safe... Hindi is not a threat to it, but English is
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            Lovely
            Jul 8, 2017 at 9:34 pm
            This will be end of road for BJP in Karnataka. BJP likes Hindi at the cost Kannada.
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              Murthy
              Jul 9, 2017 at 7:42 am
              Not necessarily.....Hindi is NOT "at the cost of" any other Indian language. English is..... These people in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are itching to make a name and fame for themselves flogging dead horses. Hindi is not being imposed. Hindi is the correct link language for Indians, while English is the 'back up' language..... All these 'language issues' are made up by busy bodies who are not qualified for anything else useful.
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                Lovely
                Jul 9, 2017 at 4:06 pm
                For speaking and listening Hindi is ok in BIMARU state people. But official Hindi is hell.
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