BENGALURU: The controversy over defacement of Hindi signboards at Metro stations by Kannada activists has left litterateurs divided. While a few feel that the issue is much needed, many think it is an unnecessary controversy for a language that can sustain itself.
On Sunday, writers and poets spoke about the issue on the sidelines of the Akhila Bharata Bhasha Souharda Dinacharane organised by the Kannada and Culture Department.
Former DG&IGP and Hindi poet Ajay Kumar Singh was of the opinion that something as small as having boards in Hindi would not mean that Kannada as a language is taking a beating.
“Kannada has its own inner strength and richness, and this itself will help the language sustain. There needs to be self-confidence when it comes to Kannada,” he said.
Writer Kashinath Ambalagi was of the opinion that there was a need for a three-language formula. Ambalagi said just like each state has its own administrative language, there is a need to have one for India as well and that is Hindi by convenience.
“Have Kannada as the priority, but what about those people who cannot understand the language?”
Striking a different note, Kannada poet Dr Siddalingaiah lauded the state government for taking steps to put measures in place on implementing Kannada. “It is enough that we have a two-language formula in Karnataka. We have English and Kannada. Those coming from other places mostly know English. Else, they can learn Kannada,” he said.