Aspirations Are Killing The Mother Tongue
SL Bhyrappa opined that the children in schools across India should be taught in their mother tongue. English has become a major challenge to all Indian languages, he felt.
Professor Bhyrappa stated that there was a time when most of the Indian universities were dominated and influenced by the JNU ideology.
Celebrated Kannada writer SL Bhyrappa, who is
widely regarded as one of modern India’s foremost novelists, feels that
the children should be taught in their mother tongue.
Bhyrappa, who was recently at Guwahati Press Club for an
interaction programme, however, emphasized on learning English as a subject
“As English medium schools are growing in numbers
across the country, we have to think over the implication of the
development seriously. In my State of Karnataka, the English educated
youths are not interested to read anything in Kannada, not even the
newspaper headlines in language dailies,” said Bhyrappa during the
‘Guest of the Month’ program held on 28 March 2016.
The prestigious Saraswati Sanman awardee also added that English has become a major challenge to all Indian languages. The octogenarian author expressed concern that now everybody in India wants to send their kids to English medium schools in expectation of a bright future.
“Not to speak of the affluent section, but also the lower
middle-class families today prefer English medium schools for their
children. The result is that more and more youngsters in our country now are unaware of the local language and literature. If the situation is
already acute in Karnataka, the same may be a reality for Assam within
the next few years” added the soft spoken gentleman, who was recently honoured with a Padma Sri by the government.
may be mentioned that the Kannada Sahitya Parishad, the highest
literary forum of Karnataka, pursued the matter with the
high court, where the verdict pronounced that the selection of schools
for the kids remain the prerogative of parents. The literary forum soon
approached the Supreme Court of India with the appeal that the medium of
instruction for children should be mother tongue till the tenth standard,
but it was dismissed by the apex court.
“So unless there is a
specific law in this regard, we cannot expect justice. Prime Minister
Modiji also supports the concept to educate the children in mother
tongue. But the Bharatiya Janata Party does not have the majority in
Rajya Sabha and hence it becomes a futile exercise for them to bring a
bill unless the Congress assures support. We need the political will
here,” commented Bhyrappa, who was honoured with the Mamoni Raisom
Goswami National Literature Award, constituted by the Asom Sahitya Sabha.
His comment was supplemented by veteran Assamese journalist DN Bezboruah, who asserted that anyone educated in regional languages can also learn English professionally.
Bhyrappa spoke about his early life. He has
authored over twenty novels in a career spanning more than five decades.
Many of his novels were translated into various Indian regional
languages as well as English.
His first commendable novel ‘Bheemakaya’ was published in 1958 and he had not looked back since then. Some of his acclaimed literary creations like ‘Vamshavruksha’, ‘Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane’, ‘Matadana’, ‘Nayi Neralu’ etc were filmed by acclaimed directors and received critical acclaim from the masses.
‘Parva’, ‘Daatu’, ‘Jalapaata’, ‘Anweshane’, ‘Grahana’, ‘Saakshi’,
‘Aavarana’, ‘Yaana’ are some of his most read novels. Answering
queries from the participating journalists, the nationalist writer
commented that the character of Indian mainstream media has changed a
lot in present days.
While the media played an important role in the
pre-independence era to make India a sovereign nation, it started
worshipping first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in the post-independence period. Anybody who dared to criticize or oppose Nehru was framed as an anti-national.
the media turned into a business entity where the politicians started
getting involved with the medium because of its influence over the
people. The capitalists also did not trail behind and grabbed many media houses. However, with the emergence of alternate media where everyone
can participate in the discourses, has favoured the educated common people, stated Bhyrappa.
Talking about the
Indian history, the doyen of Kannada literature asserted that he always
insists on unveiling the truth over any political interest. He asserted
that the students of history should know that Mughal emperor Aurangzeb
destroyed lot of temples, but at the same time Akbar the Great
maintained liberal and progressive policies.
Highlighting the recent
controversy relating to Jawaharlal Nehru University, Prof Bhyrappa
disclosed that the genesis of the higher educational institution could
be traced back to the Communists supporting the Indira Gandhi-led
Congress government in 1969. He also added that there was a time when
most of the Indian universities were dominated and influenced by the JNU
Prior to the press club interaction program, Prof Bhyrappa was handed over the coveted national award in memory of Assam’s celebrated writer Indira Goswami in presence of Dr Dhrubajyoti Borah, president of Asom Sahitya Sabha.
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