ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)

- Memoir - Medium of Education -

[Picked from Shri K. C. Shiva Reddy's book - Ugada Kavi (Poet of the Era)]


While he was the Vice Chancellor of Mysore University, Sri. Kuvempu brought a proposal before the academic council that in this Kannada Nadu (land), Kannada should become the first language; in all the stages of education, Kannada should become the medium of instruction, and Kannada textbooks should be got prepared in all subjects to help all round development of Kannada children. He wanted it to be approved for implementation. The council had mostly members from science and science related faculties. They wondered if the science subjects could be taught in Kannada and threw a ridiculing laughter at Sri. Kuvempu. Sri. Kuvempu has reportedly told the council, 'Though India got its freedom six - seven years ago, our people have not freed themselves from that enslaved mindset. We have not understood the difference between respect and dishonour. Where to find pride in people who are devoid of it? A dog chained to a post eats the leftover bones and grows fat. Even if you unchain it, it revolves round the post without knowing the value of freedom. Our people who are Manasa Puthras of English are still stumbling in the dark without knowing the value of independence and the worth of our language.'

The tragic aspect is our education system still remains at the same stage even after fifty years after Sri. Kuvempu mouthed those words.

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