Former bureaucrat D Babu Paul on Tuesday urged the State Government to take steps to make Malayalam the language of the courts.
Addressing a function organised here by the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) to honour individuals who have made contributions to the Malayalam language, Babu Paul called it the remaining duty in making Malayalam the language of governance.
‘’If Cabinet notes can be prepared in Malayalam, so can court orders. The High Court should insist that all court orders should be issued in Malayalam,’’ he said.
‘’When it comes to the language of governance, the next big revolution should be that Malayalam is made the language of the courts.’’ Malayalam is a graceful language and can be used for any purpose, but the issue regarding language of governance is one that should be dealt with with finesse, he said.
It is an issue which called for a practical sense of propriety rather than blind fanaticism, he said. ‘’We should be realistic when saying that Malayalam should be made the language of governance. In fact, when we say that, it should be kept in mind that Malayalam was always the language of governance from the taluks downwards,’’ Babu Paul said.
The function was organised as part of the KSEB’s efforts to make Malayalam the language of governance in the Board.
Writers V Madhusoodanan Nair, George Onakkoor and Vimala Menon were also honoured at the function. KSEB Chief Engineer (distribution-south) A S Dasappan, who presided over, said that while the power utility has enthusiastically launched the initiative, it still faced some difficulties as the power sector used numerous technical terms.
KSEB member M Mohammedali Rawther inaugurated the function.