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SEZ impoverishes farmers, say writers

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It amounts to misuse of land says, G. Venkatasubbaiah


Concern over people from other States buying land

Government urged to make teaching of Kannada compulsory


— Photo: R. Eswarraj

Ceremonial: G. Venkatasubbiah (second from left), president, ‘Alva’s Nudisri’, being taken in a procession for the inauguration of the event in Moodbidri on Friday. M. Mohan Alva (left), chairaman, Alva’s Education Foundation, is seen.

MOODBIDRI: Kannada lexicographer and writer G. Venkatasubbaiah, who is presiding over the “Alva’s Nudisiri,” a three-day Kannada literary and cultural meet that began here on Friday, expressed concern over moves to set up “special economic zones” (SEZ) by acquiring fertile agriculture lands.

Delivering the presidential address, he said: “Fertile agriculture lands are being misused in special economic zones in the State.”

He said that people from different parts of the country were buying fertile farm lands in the State.

Farmers of the State were becoming poor by selling land. “Corrupt persons are getting huge amount of money,” he alleged.

Facilities

Prof. Venkatasubbaiah said that although those who purchased such land were Indians, they were getting the facilities which the people of the State did not enjoy.

He attributed this to non-implementation of Sarojini Mahishi Report (on providing employment to Kannadigas in private and government establishments in State) and failure of the Government to ensure use of Kannada as an administrative language.

TN example

Prof. Venkatasubbaiah urged the Government to make it mandatory for all schools in the State to teach Kannada as first language from standard I to X. “When Tamil Nadu can pass an order to teach Tamil as first language from Standard I to X by framing Tamil Nadu Learning Act, 2006, why not Karnataka follow suit?,” he asked.

He said that it was an insult to the people of Karnataka that the State Government had failed to promulgate such an order. The Supreme Court had upheld the order passed by Tamil Nadu.

Prof. Venkatasubbaiah said that when people of Nair community and people speaking Malayalam in Tamil Nadu challenged the Tamil Nadu Government’s order, the Supreme Court had ruled that the schools managed by linguistic minorities could teach in the medium of their respective mother tongue but they should teach Tamil as first language. He quoted the verdict of the court “…since official and common business in the State was carried out in Tamil, the State might have felt that knowledge of Tamil is absolutely required for the smooth running of the day to day affairs of the people living in the State..”

Threat to culture

Ni. Vyasaraya Ballala, senior writer, who inaugurated the meet, said that extinction of a language meant disappearance of culture and traditions associated with the lifestyle of the people speaking the same language. This applied to Kannada.

People speaking Kannada should not become slaves of English and English culture. They should be proud to speak Kannada.

M. Mohan Alva, chairman of Alva’s Education Foundation, which had organised the conference, welcomed the gathering.

A literary session on social responsibility of litterateurs was held. Different cultural programmes had been organised.

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