Koodige (Kodagu dist): Mar 6, 201
Just like the way in which English is a threat to Kannada language, Kannada is posing a threat to minor languages in the state, said writer Abdul Rasheed.
Speaking at the valedictory of the ninth district Kannada literary meet here recently, he said along with Kannada, Kodava and tribal languages of Yarava, Jenukuruba, Bettakuruba, Malekudiya and other tribals are spoken in Kodagu.
“On the pretext of developing and conserving Kannada, we have neglected other languages,” he lamented.
“With the destruction of tribal culture, their languages are also on the verge of extinction. There is a need to strive for the development of minor languages.
Elected representatives are concerned about providing roads, water, and other infrastructure for tribal colonies, but not worried about conserving their culture and tradition. Culture, literature and life of tribals should be documented,” he said.
Assembly Speaker K G Bopaiah said: “Parents feel inferior, sending their children to government schools. The need for proficiency in English in changed scenario is agreed, but we need to give priority to the administrative language,” he said.
Writer Vishnu Bhat presided over the meet.