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‘Accord classical status for all languages’

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Go. Ru. Chennabasappa

Bangalore: The president of the Sharana Sahitya Parishat Go.Ru. Chennabasappa has said that the Union Government should accord classical status for all languages scheduled under the Constitution.

He was speaking at the Maneangaladalli Maatukate, a monthly programme organised by the Department of Kannada and Culture here on Saturday.

Mr. Chennabasappa, the former president of Kannada Sahitya Parishat, said that the Parishat had been pleading for according classical status for Kannada. A team of scholars, including M. Chidananda Murthy and L.S. Sheshagiri Rao, had compiled a comprehensive report of over 300 pages on the history, development and achievements of Kannada. The Centre, which had accorded classical status to Tamil, unconditionally, owing to political pressure, had formulated rules that insisted on a 1,000-year history of a language as a basic criterion for granting ‘classical’ status. Later it was enhanced to 1,500 years. However, the scholarly report submitted by the State has covered 2,300 years of history, he said. However, it was unfortunate that the State’s representatives in Parliament had failed to exert pressure on the Centre, he added.

Referring to the reported attitude of a section of writers towards the Kannada Sahitya Parishat and its activities, Mr. Chennabasappa said that the growth of the Parishat and its internal democracy could be ensured only when all the writers, irrespective of their school of thinking, participated in the Parishat’s activities, including elections. They would earn their right to comment upon the premier literary body only when they become a part it, he added.

On the overall aspirations of the State, he said that not many demands on various fronts had been fulfilled. The representatives of the public had been turning a blind eye towards various issues, he said.

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