KDA chief says Kendriya Vidyalaya in Karnataka must teach Kannada

Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: June 26, 2019 16:49 IST
KDA chief says Kendriya Vidyalaya in Karnataka must teach Kannada

KDA chief says Kendriya Vidyalaya in Karnataka must teach Kannada
The Chairman of (KDA) Kannada Development Authority SG Siddaramaiah asked Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank to issue a serious notification to Kendriya Vidyalayas (KV) to teach Kannada mandatory to their students in the state.
Siddaramaiah writes to letter Pohkriyal, said KVs are opposed to teaching Kannada as they are not ready to have an emotional touch with the tradition and language Kannada.
Siddaramaiah wrote to Pokhriyal, “I request you to issue a stern direction, asking the regional head of KV in Karnataka to direct all KV schools in the state to adhere to the Kannada Language Act, 2015, which has got presidential ascent a take all possible steps to teach Kannada to their students and hence respect the regional sentiments.”
The central government manages Kendriya Vidyalaya Sanghatan recently stated that the state government that is unable to teach Kannada in its 50 schools due to a lack of faculty and students for the language.
Siddaramaiah said “Kendriya Vidyalaya Sanghatan of Karnataka cites some tribal reasons for not teaching Kannada in its schools. This kind of irresponsible, grossly misunderstood and anti-regional statements would only ignite a sense of unrest in the state with unwarranted dire consequences,” and he said, “the department must be in a position to teach even a single child in a school.”

Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: January 15, 2020 16:14 IST
Karnataka Congress is in Vague state

The decision of who has to be the next Pradesh Congress Committee chief is still unclear. Congress high command in Karnataka seems to be still in a dilemma. It had been asking its previous chief, Siddaramaiah who recently resigned to his post after his defeat in by-polls, to pursue his post.
However, Siddaramaiah doesn’t seem to have any interest in taking up the post again. Recently, he even went to meet Sonia Gandhi regarding this. They both had a deep conversation on this issue and yet their meeting didn't prove to be fruitful. As the party high command is still in discussion, it had asked Siddaramaiah to continue his post till they get any alternative. However, he didn't accept it.
High command is likely to choose, Lingayat leader, MB Patil for this post. At the same time, Vokkaliga leader as well as, party’s money bag DK Sivakumar has his eyes on this post. According to Sivakumar, he is eligible for it as he had saved the party and its 14 months of governance during the Kumaraswamy regime. Another positive towards Sivakumar is that he has a belief in Rahul Gandhi. However, none of his party members are in support of him. This issue too had taken to Sonia Gandhi by Siddaramaiah.

Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: December 22, 2019 18:08 IST
10 lakh ex-gratia for the 2 killed in CAA protests: Karnataka CM

Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa announced ₹10 lakh relief each to the families of victims who died in Mangaluru during the anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protest.
The two persons died following the bullet injuries they sustained in police firing during the protest. The police have also mentioned their names in the FIR registered in connection with the violence that erupted during protests.
According to CMO, the deputy commissioner of Dakshina Kannada district directed to immediately provide relief to the families. Jaleel (42) and Nauseen (23) had killed as police opened after the CAA protests turned violent on Thursday in the city.
Yediyurappa had visited the port city on Saturday to take stock of the situation. They will take a decision to investigate the causes of the rioting soon, he said.

Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: December 21, 2019 14:37 IST
Kannada litterateur Prof LS Sheshagiri Rao passed away

LS Sheshagiri Rao passed away on Friday due to age-related illnesses. He was 94. He was popularly known as Professor LSS and was much beloved by critics and lay readers alike. He was born in Bangalore and received his MA from Nagpur University. He had a stellar academic career, publishing multiple works, and becoming a college lecturer at only 19.
LSS was best known for the Kannada-to-English dictionary that he compiled. It is still widely used by critics and translators. The dictionary was part of his larger effort to bridge the gap between Eastern and Western literary studies. Rao translated English classics into Kannada, including the works of Shakespeare, Kafka, and Goldsmith. In addition, he wrote several well-received critical commentaries on a wide variety of subjects, from Greek theatre to Modern Kannada prose.
LSS was also known as a writer of fiction, primarily short stories. “Idu Jeevana” (“This is Life”) and “Jangama Jathreyalli” (“In the Festival of the Jangamas”) are his two collections of Kannada short stories. 
He was the recipient of multiple awards, most notably the Masti Award, the Kendra Sahitya Award, and the Rajyotsava Award. His passing had mourned by many, both within and outside the Kannada literary sphere. LSS, like Girish Karnad who passed earlier this year, was one of many who warned against linguistic jingoism. For many, his passing signals a subtle but troubling change in the Kannada literary scene.