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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              Avaid
              Jul 8, 2017 at 8:48 pm
              Plain simple, having Hindi in Bangalore will help northerners colonise the South and dominate Southerners whether they are Tamils, Malyalis, Tulu, Kodava, Kannada or Telugu speakers.
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                Murthy
                Jul 9, 2017 at 7:46 am
                Rubbish, it is South Indians who have already "colonised" many parts of North India.... go to RamaKrishnapuram and Karol Bagh in Delhi and see for yourself.... go to Jamshedpur, Patna or Lucknow.... see for yourself.... It is INDIA, one country, why do you divide it into North and South, West and East ?? Come on, even in a single family home, "give and take" is necessary. Why not in a huge country like India ??
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                  Lovely
                  Jul 9, 2017 at 4:07 pm
                  Please tell BIMARU people to learn one second language at least English.
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                Krishna
                Jul 8, 2017 at 3:31 pm
                The problem is not Hindi, people in Bengaluru are frustrated because of dominance and trouble created by Tamil, Telugu and malayalam. Remember ex mayor of Bengaluru was from Andhra and he attempted to bring Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Urdu as official languages of Bengaluru. Everyone knows that kannada people are mild and accommodative, but the guests who are coming to Bengaluru to urn livelihood are trying to misuse and dominate. This is the root cause.
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                  SP
                  Jul 8, 2017 at 5:09 pm
                  It would have been better if Dr. Ambedkar's proposal would have been followed after independence while making the Cons ution. Sanskrit should have been declared as official and national language of India. It was Nehru and Nehru alone who was against. Even now , it is not too late to declare Sanskrit as national language and make its study compulsory. With governments support , in just 30 years , it can become the pride of the place. AS per 1951 census , Urdu was spoken by just 16000 people in India and by government’s (mostly during UPA rule of 10 years) support it is now 5th. most spoken language in India. Another example can be Urdu in Pakistan , English in India itself.
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                    Lovely
                    Jul 8, 2017 at 6:22 pm
                    You are right. But Kannadigas are very enterprising , intelligent, receptive, civilised but in any case not cunning. Need of the hour not to allow Hindi.
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                      Avaid
                      Jul 8, 2017 at 8:52 pm
                      Totally agree no doubt Kannadigas are rightful heirs to the prosperous Vijayanagara kingdom.
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                    romi
                    Jul 8, 2017 at 2:39 pm
                    stupid people why are they not against English Is English their forefathers mother tongue understand boards are in 3 languages so what is nation al language also mentioned brainless people just want some issues what can one expect from congi ruled state
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                      Kannada First
                      Jul 8, 2017 at 4:13 pm
                      Stupid people like u keep asking this Stupid question again again despite being explained on several occasions that Hindi is imposed by the Union Govt. but English has always been an option people choose even in Hindi-speaking states. Now spread this 'gyan' to whoever you know. Stop calling stupid or else be prepared to get it back.
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                        Sathish
                        Jul 8, 2017 at 5:07 pm
                        Loo Porki Romio, Stupid might be ur mentality, Congress is Cancer of this century originated from North and spreading was recently stopped. Let BJP do no mistake of touching our ego, we had given it a chance via BSY in south be careful before commenting we will not hesitate to take them back.
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