First language status for Malayalam: Indefinite fast begins

Published: 19th March 2013 12:08 PM  |   Last Updated: 19th March 2013 12:08 PM   |  A+A-


Demanding the enactment of a ‘’comprehensive legislation’’ by the State Assembly for making Malayalam the first language and also the language of court proceedings, noted writer and administrator of the Thunchan Smaraka Trust, K P Ramanunni, on Monday launched an indefinite fast supported by litterateurs and intellectuals such as O N V Kurup and Sugathakumari. ‘’In neighbouring Tamil Nadu, the government has brought out a clear cut language policy and has enacted a piece of legislation making Tamil the first language and also the language of courts. Rival political parties in Tamil Nadu united when it came to giving their mother tongue the respect it deserves,’’ said ONV while inaugurating the fast. The Kerala Government should also take a cue from its neighbour and enact a comprehensive piece of legislation, he said adding that Malayalam writers and intellectuals had brought out a blue print on drafting the Bill.

The writers and intellectuals, who had assembled under the banner of ‘Aikya Malayala Prasthanam’ on the University College premises, also demanded that the government should allow candidates to write entrance exams in Malayalam. A separate department should be set up in the Secretariat for Malayalam and a Directorate should also be constituted to promote the language, they said. Speaking on the occasion, poet Sugathakumari said that though the previous LDF Government and the present UDF Government made many declarations on making Malayalam the first language, no concrete steps had yet been taken.

‘’Unless a comprehensive law is enacted, Malayalam will continue to be neglected and will only have a second-class language status,’’ she said. K P Ramanunni said he was undertaking the fast as a representative of thousands of people who want to see Malayalam get the rightful place it deserves. ‘’I am only a body encompassing the spirit of thousands of people who love the language,’’ he said. Noted sculptor Kanayi Kunhiraman, poet Puthussery Ramachandran, dramatist Pirappancode Murali and writer-critic P K Rajasekharan gathered to extend moral support to Ramanunni’s indefinite fast.

Stay up to date on all the latest Kerala news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp