So, the education minister wants to make Kannada compulsory in primary schools..
Nothing wrong in promoting one’s native tounge, especially when you are in a position of power. But hey, the whole idea of *forcing* everbody around you to adopt your *whim* is ridiculous.
And especially forcing schools, which teach in English medium, to close down is outrageous to say the least!
But that is what the state educationminister is out to do! Nearly 1400 schools (as per the media reports) face closure and students be relocated to government schools where the medium of instruction will strictly be “kannada”. It is an outright stupid step to take.
And that too at a time when the world is recognizing Our country and particularly this state as one of IT indutries’ biggest contributor.
Everybody knows that the study and usage of English provides a distinct career advantage when compared to one who studies in a regional language. Simply because English is the single most powerful unifying force in the world today. Inspite of varied ethnicities, everyone is able to effectively communicate with each other in English.
And living in such times, one minister feels for the cause of Kannada. One can only pity the backwardness in thought of this man.
Again I emphasise that respect for one’s language s infact a great virtue. But then respect must be commanded, not demanded!
A similar situation occurred in the past, when the Kannada activists demanded that No hindi movies will be released, till 7 weeks of their release elswhere, in the state because nobody was watching Kannada Movies. Hey isnt that ridiculous??
We non-kannadigas were humorously speculating, that one day we might be forcefully herded into a movie hall to watch an Upendra flick or forgo one day’s salary!! Thankfully that did not happen.
And now once again the joke floating around is that soon, all IT/ITES will have to do programing in Kannada and Oracle and Microsoft will launch exclusive “K” editions of their softwares.
Hahaha.. that would be fun. I hope the minister sees the humor too and realizes that what he is doing is taking us 4 steps behind for every step forward.
God help the poor kids who wish to get an English medium education because their fate is now in the hands of a fanatic!!