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ನೂರೆಂಟು ಸುಳ್ಳು (nUreMTu suLLu)

You may not be a "Dhrutharashtra", but we want to be the Sanjaya for you!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

ವಿಕ್ರಾಂತ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ

Dear Readers, it has been a while since we updated our blog. Our move from US to India, frequent travel and more than them, a lack of a reliable Internet connection has kept us away from this blog. Not that anybody missed...

Mean while, it's now old news that there's a new Kannada magazine:ವಿಕ್ರಾಂತ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ. We still haven't had a chance to check out it's print edition. But, based on what we have read and read-about, it has lofty goals and aspirations. We welcome this magazine with interest and an open heart. May it meet all its aspirations. As media-junkies, we need our fix. If there's an addition to the provider's list, who are we to complain?! More the merrier!!

This is our 50th post. Some sort of a mile-stone. Wouldn't it be out of character if we didn't rant a bit?Yeah...we thought so too.

We really do not understand the reluctance of some (?) Kannada newspapers to credit the story they publish. Why not publish the name of the agency that provided the story? Or provide the name of the reporter or reporters who reported/wrote the story? Is there a problem with that?

We find it disappointing that the new kid on the block Vikranta Karnataka too is following the ways of its more well known brethren. For example, take a look at this story about Pakistan winning a cricket match against England. We don't know who wrote that. Was it written by a Vikranta Karnataka staffer? Or, was it picked it from an agency's news-wire? If it was written by a staffer, why not publish his/her name? Or name the agency? As readers, don't we deserve to know this much? Doesn't it also serve the magazine/newspaper well? (Remember Reuters' admission about doctored images?)

Could we expect ವಿಕ್ರಾಂತ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ to do a better job in this regard?


Blogger ಎಂ.ಎಸ್.ಶ್ರೀರಾಮ್ said...

Welcome back. It has been a while, but nevertheless a good start. Look forward to as much "activism" as it was when you were in US.

Aug 31, 2006, 1:41:00 AM  
Blogger Shrinidhi Hande said...

Congrats for 50th post and we wish much more success to your blog from your new head quarter.

I did miss your blog. Was tired of seeing the same images every time I visit. Consider providing email subscriptions so that subscribers get new post automatically by email. Free tools available at feedblitz.com if you're interested.

Best wished

Aug 31, 2006, 1:44:00 PM  
Blogger v.v. said...


Thanks. I too hope to blog as much as I used to do when I was in US. Hopefully, the 'Net situation will improve soon.


Thanks. I will check out the "feedblitz.com" link. I had tried to add RSS a few months back but didn't succeed. Hopefully, I will fare better this time.

BTW, I too am tired of seeing those images.


Sep 1, 2006, 12:36:00 AM  
Blogger Dr U B Pavanaja said...

Welcome back. But I expcted with a bang. Nevertheless, keep going.


Sep 1, 2006, 6:12:00 AM  
Blogger v.v. said...


Thanks. I am sorry my return to blogging has turned out to be a damp squib.


Sep 1, 2006, 7:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I write this after decades of analysis on the question of mother tongue as the medium of instruciton. From a practical perspective, there is more gain in adopting regional language as the sole medium of instruciton. Some families in Indian cities started discarding our native languages and are using English at home. If we stick to mother tongue, that section will continue to send children to English medium schools claiming English as their mother tongue. Infact, more people will start English at home so as to be able to send their children to English medium schools. We will end up with various linguistic minorities starting their own schools and the Indian language movement will never progress. Regional language should be the sole medium of instruction - it will bring uniformity and integration of minorities. It definitely doesn't have the charm or appeal of mother tongue, but it is the only way our language movement can move forward.

DECCAN HERALD Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Minorities must learn regional language: SC

The CJI says it is not possible to accept the proposition that people living in a particular State could not be asked to study the regional language.

If a government decides to make its state language a compulsory subject in school syllabi, it is not violating the fundamental right of a minority community to establish and administer schools, the Supreme Court has ruled.

A three-judge bench rejected a petition by a Gujarati school in Maharashtra, which contended that imposition of Marathi as a subject on the syllabi violated the fundamental right of the minority community to set up and administer a school of their choice.

Terming Maharashtra's decision reasonable, the bench, headed by Chief Justice S Rajendra Babu, said the Maharashtra government took the decision in the larger interest of the state because official and common business is done in Marathi in the State.

On the question of fundamental rights of minority groups, the bench said: "It is difficult to read Article 29 and 30 in such a way that it contains a negative right to exclude the learning of regional languages.

"Ipso facto it is not possible to accept the proposition that the people living in a particular state cannot be asked to study the regional language", Justice Babu said, adding that learning different languages would definitely bridge cultural barriers and contribute positively to the cultural integration of the country.

Observing that it is appropriate for the linguistic minority in a state to learn the regional language, the court said its reluctance to learn the regional language will lead to its alienation from the mainstream, resulting in linguistic fragmentation within the state "anathema to national integration".

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Sep 3, 2006, 12:16:00 PM  

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