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Anti-Hindi Sentiments Reaches Its Pinnacle In Karnataka – Learn Kannada Or Lose Job

Government orders bank employees to learn Kannada in 6 months or lose job!

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Probably for the first time in Independent India, bank employees in a state have been ‘ordered’ by a Govt. body to learn the local language, or lose their jobs.

Is this the pinnacle of extreme regionalism, and height of partiality towards one particular language? Or this a reaction by some sections of the society, against Govt. of India’s diktat to expand usage of Hindi?

Are we witnessing a civil unrest movement, wherein language has become the cause of protest? Is it good for the democratic sanctity?

Learn Kannada Or Lose Your Job

The Kannada Development Authority or KDA has issued an order meant for all branch and regional heads of all nationalized banks operating in the state of Karnataka.

KDA is a Govt. body, formed in 1994 to protect, nurture and promote the usage of Kannada language in Karnataka, and focuses on usage of local languages in Govt. establishments, buildings and documents.

The order explicitly and clearly says that every non-Kannada working in banks should learn Kannada language within 6 months, otherwise they would be fired.

KDA chairman SG Siddaramaiah said in that order: “If employees fail to learn Kannada in six months, they should be relieved of their services in accordance with the recruitment rules.”

Although the order mentions every staff working in every nationalized bank, it seems Hindi is specially targeted by them. The order further says that just like Hindi units are being established across all bank branches to promote Hindi language, a special Kannada unit should be established across all branches to the same purpose.

The order from KDA Chairman said, “There is a lack of will in implementing the local language in many banks. …not paying due respect to the local language can lead to conflicts in future. Banks have to take up the measures on an emergency basis.”

In fact, KDA Chairman will visit all branches to personally inspect the ‘implementation ‘ of the order. Banks haven’t yet responded to this order from KDA.

The Rise Of Anti-Hindi Sentiments in Karnataka

This is not a one-off case of over-protectionism of a local language: Anti-Hindi sentiments have been consistently rising in South India, especially Karnataka, due to various political and social reasons.

Last week, Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) had to remove Hindi signboards from their Kempegowda Metro Station, Chickpete, K.R. Market and Jayanagar metro station in Bengaluru.

BMRCL had to do this under pressure from pro-Kannada activists, which includes KDA as well.

The campaign to remove Hindi signboards started with hashtag #NammaMetroHindiBeda, after which members of Karnataka Rakshana Vedike blackened Hindi signs, across the metro stations.

CM Of Karnataka had to intervene, and issue a letter to BMRCL saying, “The State Government is compelled to ask BMRCL to redesign their signages in Metro station, without using Hindi. It would be much better to follow a persuasive approach than a mandatory one..”

Note here, that this move by BMRCL and State Govt. of Karnataka clearly violates the notification by Union Ministry of Urban Development, dated December 2016 which says: “As per the official Language policy of Union Government, it is necessary that at all metro stations located in non-Hindi speaking regions, the signboards, name boards, announcements and publication material, etc. for public information shall be in three languages – regional language, Hindi and English.”

Last month Kannada development authority (KDA) launched a campaign to stop ‘imposition’ of Hindi in schools based out of Karnataka. As per KDA, knowledge of English and Kannada is enough for school kids.

Will bank employees, who are not from Karnataka bear the brunt of this anti-Hindi agitation in the state? Is this being fair to the bank employees?

Do share your opinions by commenting right here.

  1. DEEPAK PALAN says

    Pathetic. These moves must be resisted once and for all.

  2. SD says

    Hindi is not Sanskrit based language, it Pakistani language in Sanskrit alphabet. Pakistani language people are in reality MIGRANTS FROM IRAN and hence they should have Indian citizenship revoked.

    Pakistani language liars will continue to lie that Pakistani language Hindi is based on Sanskrit, no it is NOT, Even Hind is PERSIAN WORD, Pakistani language Hindi copied most of its words from Islamic countries.

    That is why India should revert back to Indian languages and stop shoving Pakistani language Hindi.

  3. AP says

    Pathetic whiners. This country was freed up to save all Indians not just Indians in some specific state, so when a state body starts insinuating stupid enactments like this & the Metro one before it, its such a shame. Hasn’t enough time passed to grow up over such petty arguments. Nobody is going to die if you don’t read or write Hindi/Kanada/What have you, but then why bicker over livelihoods now? What if other states started the same with their own languages. Then these guys will be the one protesting over this shit.

    1. KK says

      Pakistani language people i.e Hindian are the real shit. They speak the enemy;s language but claim themselves to be Indians.

      Pakistani language people should be stipped out of India nationality as they are original IRAN ORIGINATED MIGRANTS.

      Pakistani Islamic origin language Hindi is first of all NOT EVEN AN INDIAN LANGUAGE.

  4. MP says

    What’s wrong in that employee should learn local language. how can he expect 1000 of their customers to learn the language he knows? KDA is doing good job which helps lacks of people who know Kannada only

  5. Sampath says

    RIP IT in Bangalore…. Hyderabad welcomes you.

    1. Wicki says

      This…Once IT companies wind off from Bangalore, KDA/Suddaramia will get back their senses. Kannadigas can then sell moongfali on the streets to fellow Kannadigas. Congress is this nation’s evil & nemesis. # Congress Mukht Bharat

      1. Ss says

        Please you people get lost from here. We have industries largest in Asia. IT bludy f..k
        IT is like pickel we have other work.

  6. MS says

    Pakistani language Hindi limited employees who are posted in Non Pakistani language states should be terminated if they refuse to learn, speak, use, documented in the concern Indian languages.

    Also shoving of the Pakistani language Hindi by the various banks should end immediately.

    1. Wicki says

      Both Hindi & Kannada are based on Sanskrit you impertinent ****. Nationalised banks are Pan India & they have the means to bring Karnataka to its knees. Ironically, the bitter rivals, Tamil Nadu & Karnataka are adopting same policy for political benefits. Now just imagine, all the Central Govt agencies like HAL, DRDO, GTRE & Tech giants leave Bangalore, Karnataka will become like Bihar, another member of BIMARU. Then Kannadigas & KDA could keep speaking Kannada for free and beg for their livelihood.

      1. SS says

        @ Wiki Hindi is not Sanskrit based language, it Pakistani language in Sanskrit alphabet. Pakistani language people are in reality MIGRANTS FROM IRAN and hence they should have Indian citizenship revoked.

        Pakistani language liars will continue to lie that Pakistani language Hindi is based on Sanskrit, no it is NOT, Even Hind is PERSIAN WORD, Pakistani language Hindi copied most of its words from Islamic countries.

        That is why India should revert back to Indian languages and stop shoving Pakistani language Hindi.

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