Saturday, June 18, 2011

Unity in Diversity

India is a secular,democratic union of states with many religions,languages and cultures.Everyone of us knows this but are we doing enough to preserve this diversity?

To state the facts,
There is no single National language in India.People within and outside India have believed that Hindi is India's National language,thanks to the  media and educational system which has shown it that way.
There are 22 National languages in India as defined in the constitution and all the languages are treated equally.

Now,how does this misconception "Hindi is our National language" affect us?
              Apart from the government imposing Hindi across the country by various means(even allocating Rs.360 million every year to spread its use),now general public(Indians) has come to equate Indian nationality with the knowledge of Hindi.A person who does not know Hindi or who does not want Hindi to replace his mother language is considered less Indian and anti National.
             People moving across states expect everyone to deal with them in Hindi and never make an attempt to learn the local language even if they decide to settle down in that place.Just imagine this happening for a generation  and we are left with only Hindi as the language in India(one of the languages AKa-Bo spoken in Andaman Islands is already extinct as of 2010)
             If there is a proposal asking people to learn the local language of a state - why is there opposition to this?
            Should the locals learn a new language to deal with the migrants or is it the other way?
Will the Britons learn Gujarati because many Gujaratis have moved there? And Canadians learn Punjabi because there are many Punjabis?

The biggest arguement the people  who support One Nation,one Language(hindi) theory make is that it makes it easy as a country if there is one single language.
Let me give you an analogy to this.
There are many religions being followed in India - Hinduism,Jainism,Sikhism,Christianity and Islam.
Just because Hindus are more in number, Should the government propogate that everyone else convert to Hindusim?
So that there would be no problems between people of different religions? Sounds dumb correct?

Then why should one language be given a special consideration than others?
End of the day,we should remember that India is a union of states speaking different languages and following different cultures.
Let us preserve this diversity which has a history of 1000's of years.

Opposition to Hindi Imposition is not to be taken as a hatred toward Hindi as a language or the Hindi speaking people.
It is more a concern for the regional languages and Kannada for me.

We were,and will be united as a country with all our diversity.
we do not need one language,one religion to be united.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Conflict of Interest

A conflict of interest (COI) occurs when an individual or organization is involved in multiple interests, one of which could possibly corrupt the motivation for an act in the other.
This is what we see happening in the administrative,political,educational,media space in India.
             When majority of the educational institutions are owned by the politicans in power,how can we hope for tuition fees coming down,fair admission policies,transparent education system - The people running these are Businessmen first and then public servants and that is when it leads to a corrupt system.
             How could we explain the scams happening in corporate circles like 2G license scam or others.The politicans own stakes in many of the companies or control them through indirect means or have got favours in the form of election funds etc.
Take the case of Karnataka.The illegal mining industry has contributed to the deterioration of nature in the western Ghats and the parts of Bellary district.These mining barons control the government and you can imagine if at all this government will ever act to protect the environment around us,the drinking water in Bellary,the roads of Western Ghats, and the health effects people from these areas suffer from.
When the distinction between business and governance is not clear,it is difficult to see a transparent government which acts to protect the interests of the people and our country.
The biggest disappointment is how the Media,the newspapers and news channels function - failing to highlight constantly the ill effects of these actions(They can run hours of programming to telecast a murder or domestic violence case,but not anything against politicians.)
Sample this - Suvarna News channel owned by a politican backed by BJP,Kasturi channel by HDK,Janashri from Reddy Bros and plans of more channels to be started by politicians - we already know why they need their own channels.
If we have "Conflict of Interest" in media,we would never see a unbiased news coverage of whats going on around us and blind us from all the above issues which arise from "Conflict of Interest".

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

What if ?

The central govt spends 30+ crores every year to spread the usage of Hindi across India.

And now karnataka's 'kannada mattu samskruti ilaakhe' recently sponsored a sanskrit book fair in Bengaluru apart from announcing to establish a sanskrit university in Karnataka.

What these governments,atleast the Karnataka government fails to see is the need to save and promote the languages indigenious to Karnataka like Kannada,Tulu,kodava etc.
Instead money and resources are spent on introducing languages which do not have any connection with the people except in textbooks.

Do we have a university for studying the Tulu and Kodava languages?
Can the people of Mangalore and Kodagu learn these languages in school?
What steps have been taken to popularise and spread these languages?(atleast we have not seen any)

Simply put,has the govt done its part to save own languages before help spreading the other languages.

What if Hindi is widely spoken - It need not be imposed on the entire nation.
What if Sanskrit was supposedly spoken by gods - First concentrate on languages being spoken now.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

For the Nth time

For the Nth time,
Hindi is not India's National language.
People in the government and all the media people need to stop telling this lie.

India has 22 National languages including Kannada,Telugu,Malayalam,Tamil etc.

Sanskrit is not the mother of all languages of India.
Sanskrit is an aryan language.
Kannada,Tamil,Malayalam,Tulu,Telugu are all dravidian languages and are not dervied from sanskrit.

PS: I am against piracy in any form and have no affiliation to in any form.

The site which hosted different forms of kannada songs like folk,devotional and movie songs has removed the collection of movie songs from its database.Thanks to the movie SUPER by Upendra.

SUPER movie songs were also available in the site as any other new movie and the producers felt this was another form of piracy and shut down the site for a few days.
The site was back online but without any movie songs altogether. was just a online streaming of songs and not a free download site.
Consider the free publicity and hype this website was providing for all the newly releasing movies.

How will the people get information about new movie songs being released if these kind of sites are shutdown?
How will the producers plan to reach the overseas kannadigas?

The movie industry needs to get serious in marketing and get some lessons to use the Internet to their advantage.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಸೇವೆಗಳನ್ನು ಕೇಳಿ ಪಡೆಯುವುದರಿಂದ ಆಗುವ ಲಾಭ

ಕೆಳಗಿನ ಕೆಲಸದ ಜಾಹಿರಾತನ್ನು ನೋಡಿ.

Greetings from Firstsource Solutions Ltd,
Position : Customer Support Associate
Qualification : +2 with 1yr Exp (Any), Diploma Fresher, Graduate Fresher.
Language : Good Fluency in Kannada, with Average Communication in English
Job Location : Chennai
Salary : Attractive salary for Freshers
Candidates are covered under ESI,PF and accident and life insurance coverage for 5Lakhs.
Contact for interview- Srihari Manickam @ 098430 94630.
ಇಂಗ್ಲಿಷ್ ಕಲಿತರೆ ಮಾತ್ರ ಉದ್ಯೋಗ ಸಿಗುತ್ತದೆ ಎನ್ನುವುದು ನಮ್ಮ ಭ್ರಮೆ.ಖಾಸಗಿ ಕಂಪನಿಗಳಲ್ಲೂ ಕನ್ನಡ ಬಲ್ಲವರಿಗೆ ಉದ್ಯೋಗಗಳು ದೊರೆಯುತ್ತವೆ ಹಾಗು ಗ್ರಾಹಕರಾಗಿ ನಮಗಿರುವ ಕೆಲವು ಹಕ್ಕುಗಳನ್ನು ಚಾಲಯಿಸಿದರೆ ಈ ರೀತಿ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಉದ್ಯೋಗಗಳನ್ನು ಸೃಷ್ಟಿಸಬಹುದು.

೧. ಗ್ರಾಹಕರಾಗಿ ನಾವು ಅಂಗಡಿ,ಶಾಪಿಂಗ್ ಮಾಲ್,ಬ್ಯಾಂಕ್,ಏಟಿಎಂ,ವೆಬ್ಸೈಟ್,ಇನ್ಸೂರೆನ್ಸ್ ಕಂಪನಿ ಹಾಗು ಇತರೆ ಜಾಗಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಸೇವೆಯನ್ನು ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲೇ ಪಡೆಯುವುದು.
೨. ಎಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಸೇವೆ ಲಭ್ಯವಿಲ್ಲವೋ ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಅದಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಮನವಿ ಮಾಡುವುದು - ಹೀಗೆ ಮಾಡುವುದರಿಂದ ಕಂಪನಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡ ಬಲ್ಲವರಿಗೆ ಉದ್ಯೋಗ ದೊರೆಯುತ್ತದೆ.
೩. ಇಂತಹ ಉದ್ಯೋಗಗಳು ಹೆಚ್ಚಿದಂತೆ ಕನ್ನಡ ಮಾರುಕಟ್ಟೆಯ ಮೊದಲ ಆಯ್ಕೆಯ ಭಾಷೆಯಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಉಪಯೋಗ ಮೌಲ್ಯ (utility value) ಕಾಣಿಸುತ್ತೆ.
೪. ಕನ್ನಡ ಅಡುಗೆ ಮನೆಗೆ ಸೀಮಿತವಾಗದೇ ತಂತ್ರಜ್ಞಾನಕ್ಕೂ ಹೊಂದಿಕೊಳ್ಳುವ ನುಡಿಯಾಗುತ್ತೆ.

ಎಲ್ಲವನ್ನೂ ಸರಕಾರವೇ ಮಾಡಬೇಕು..ನಾವು ಕೂತು ನೋಡುತ್ತೇವೆ ಎನ್ನುವ ಮನಸ್ಥಿತಿಯನ್ನು ಬದಿಗೊತ್ತಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಕೈಲಾದದ್ದನ್ನು ನಾವು ಮಾಡೋಣ.ಏನಂತೀರ?

Sunday, November 28, 2010

2010 is no different than the 1960's

Below is an excerpt from Capt.Gopinath's autobiography - Simply Fly.

That was around 1960.Gopinath had a mentor who could get him to write the NDA exams in Kannada.Had he not joined Sainik School and then NDA,Deccan Airlines would not have happened.

Fast forward 50 yrs to 2010.There are still many Central government institutions and organisations conducting exams and administration only in Hindi and English language.
Even today UGC or Aadhaar(UID Project) dont have any provision for Kannada language.Read the post from Enguru Coffee Ayta below.

Is this the central government's failure to provide services equally to every Indian in his own language?
Or is it the failure of We,the Kannadigas to get this basic right to our brothers and sisters in villages who know only Kannada.
How can we expect every individual in India to know English or Hindi to get these basic amenities?
Which is easier - providing the forms and exams in all languages or forcing the entire nation to learn one language?
Frankly,2010 is no different than 1960's.

PS: This also applies to all other regional languages of India.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

ಡ್ರ್ಯಾಗನ್ ಗೂ ಹಬ್ಬಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡದ ಕಂಪು

ಕೆಲವು ದಿನಗಳ ಹಿಂದೆ ಬ್ರಿಟಿಷ್ ಏರ್ವೇಸ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಸೇವೆ ನೀಡಿದ್ದರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ನನ್ನ ಬ್ಲಾಗ್ ( ನಲ್ಲಿ ಬರೆದಿದ್ದೆ.
ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದಿಂದ ಹೊರಡುವ ಹಾಗು ಕರ್ನಾಟಕಕ್ಕೆ ಬರುವ ಎಲ್ಲ ವಿಮಾನಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಕಟಣೆಯನ್ನು ಹೊರಡಿಸುವ ಪದ್ದತಿಯನ್ನು ಬ್ರಿಟಿಷ್ ಏರ್ವೇಸ್ ಈಗ ತಪ್ಪಿಲ್ಲದೇ ಪಾಲಿಸುತ್ತಿದೆ.
ಕಳೆದ ಬಾರಿ ನಾನು ಡ್ರ್ಯಾಗನ್ ಏರ್ವೇಸ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನಿಂದ ಹಾಂಗ್ ಕಾಂಗ್ ಗೆ ಪ್ರಯಾಣ ಮಾಡಿದೆ. ಡ್ರ್ಯಾಗನ್ ಏರ್ವೇಸ್‍ನಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡ ಪ್ರಕಟಣೆಗಳೂ ಇಲ್ಲ, ಮನರಂಜನೆಗಾಗಿ ಕನ್ನಡ ಚಿತ್ರಗಳೂ ಇಲ್ಲ.
ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಕಟಣೆಗಳಿದ್ದರೆ, ಕನ್ನಡ ಮಾತ್ರ ಬಲ್ಲ ಜನರಿಗೆ ವಿಮಾನದಲ್ಲಿ ಓಡಾಡುವುದು ಸಲೀಸಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಪ್ರಯಾಣದ ಸಮಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡ ಚಿತ್ರಗಳನ್ನು ನೋಡುವ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆ ಇದ್ದರೆ, ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರು ತಮ್ಮ ಭಾಷೆಯ, ತಮಗಿಷ್ಟವಾದ ಚಿತ್ರಗಳನ್ನು ನೋಡುತ್ತಾ ಕಾಲ ಕಳೆಯಬಹುದು.
ಸರಿ, ಡ್ರ್ಯಾಗನ್ ಏರ್ವೇಸ್ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಗೆ ಈ ವಿಷಯದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ತಿಳಿಹೇಳೋಣ ಅಂತ ಅವರಿಗೆ ಒಂದು ಮಿಂಚೆ ಬರೆದದ್ದಾಯ್ತು.
"ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿಂದ ಓಡಾಡುವ ನಿಮ್ಮ ವಿಮಾನಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಸೇವೆಗಳನ್ನು ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ನೀಡುವುದರಿಂದ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗ ಗ್ರಾಹಕರಿಗೆ ಬಹಳ ಉಪಯೋಗವಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ವಿಮಾನದಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡ ಚಲನಚಿತ್ರಗಳು, ಪತ್ರಿಕೆಗಳನ್ನೂ ನೀಡಿ" ಎಂದು ಹೇಳುತ್ತಾ ಬರೆದ ಮಿಂಚೆಗೆ ಅವರಿಂದ ಒಳ್ಳೆಯ ಪ್ರತಿಕ್ರಿಯೆ ಬಂತು..
ಮನವಿಯನ್ನು ಡ್ರ್ಯಾಗನ್ ಏರ್ವೇಸ್‍ನವರು ಗಂಭೀರವಾಗಿ ಪರಿಗಣಿಸಿ ಈ ಎಲ್ಲ ಬದಲಾವಣೆಗಳನ್ನು ಇನ್ನು ಕೆಲವೇ ದಿನಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ತರುವುದಾಗಿ ಹೇಳುತ್ತಾ ಉತ್ತರಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

ಇದೊಂದು ಒಳ್ಳೆಯ ಬೆಳವಣಿಗೆ.
ಗ್ರಾಹಕರ ಬೇಡಿಕೆಗೆ, ಒತ್ತಾಯಕ್ಕೆ ಇರುವ ಶಕ್ತಿಯನ್ನು ಇದು ತೋರಿಸುತ್ತದೆ.

ನೀವು ಕೂಡ ಸಾಧ್ಯವಾದಲ್ಲೆಲ್ಲಾ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಸೇವೆಯನ್ನು ಕೇಳಿ ಪಡೆಯಿರಿ. ಆಗ ಮಾರುಕಟ್ಟೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡಕ್ಕೆ ತಕ್ಕ ಸ್ಥಾನ ಸಿಗುವುದು.

Denotification Rules should change

These days every newspaper and news channel in Karnataka have been airing reports about top politicians denotifying the lands available with KIADB.
KIADB is a government enterprise which acquires chunks of land from common people and farmers in order to provide them to the industries for development purpose.The owners of these lands are paid market price and then it becomes the property of KIADB/government.
Denotification: The CM of Karnataka has powers to denotify these acquired lands when there is no demand from industries or for any other reasons.These lands can then be sold off to general public.

But our poor politicians and their relatives are gobbling up all the denotified lands and most of the time sold at throwaway prices causing a huge loss to the government.
I doubt that these lands are acquired from farmers for use by KIADB.These may be acquired in an intention to denotify later and get access to prime property.

As Transport minister Ashok put it,the power to denotify any land in Karnataka should be taken away from CM and politicians.
If there is a need to denotify the land,it has to be sold back to the original owner at the same price.

We,the people should not just curse the politicians when these scams are exposed on TV,but also have to
press for changing laws which have loopholes and which result in loss to the sate exchequer.

Land and natural resources are the assets of the government.They are our properties and its our duty to protect them.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Vote for Leaders,not party

Disclaimer: I am not inclined towards any political party.
In democratic India,I strongly believe we need good leadership to lead our country to rise and compete with the world.
We have seen numerous parties come and rule us and there is no difference in the way government runs.
Every party has a list of scams,corrupt politicians,party leadership trying to cover it all up,crores of illegal money to spend on buying MLA,MP's and to buy people's votes.
Even the 'Party with a difference' has the above assets.

In my opinion,every party is the same.They are ready to put their interests before the countrys' when it comes to gaining power and staying in power.

Among the numerous issues,I would like to take up one example,The issue of Kashmir.
I have known about the India -Kashmir- Pakistan issue since age 7 or 8,and even till this date the situation has not changed a bit.There were killings,bomb attacks,cross border terrorism then and they exist even today also.Thats about 18-20 yrs period.Imagine the life,the people of Kashmir lived all these years and their future.What about the kids growing there,all the human rights violations and constant military surveilance.Can we imagine living like that for our entire life? Why not end this issue by doing whatever it takes and give the people of Kashmir a normal life like we all live.
The BJP accused congress of not acting sternly against pakistan and the terrorists,and when they came to power they failed too.
Simply put,the political parties do not have the will to resolve this issue.One party wants to appease the minorities and the other sides with the majority.I am sure this would continue for years to come no matter which party comes to power.

And recollect,
How Indira Gandhi crushed the terrorism in Punjab and how Nitish Kumar has changed the face of Bihar.
Examples of what great leaders are capable of.

So do not worry about who your PM or CM will be,do not fall for the statements about how any party will make India a developed country.
A developed India is when all states of India are developed.
A devloped Karnataka is when each constituency in Karnataka is developed.
You get it right,Decide who your MLA or MP should be and vote for a clean leader who can give good governance in your constituency.
If there is none,vote for the best among the worst.

Vote for Leaders,not party.