Missing: Kannadiga pride at global investors meet

N.V. Krishnakumar compares the just-concluded global investors’ meet(GIM)  in Karnataka with the Gujarati version of the same event, in Deccan Herald :

“During Vibrant Gujarat, the entire gamut of the state—from their culture, cuisine and language to their entrepreneurial spirit, quality of life and Gujarati pride—is marketed to investors and visitors. Without preference for any sector or district in the state, the strength of Gujarat as an engine for growth is promoted and noticeable to all investors and participants much to their own admiration.

“At the Global Investors’ Meet, a lack of vision is palpable. Government and its advisors have failed miserably to promote the overall strength of Karnataka. Along with mining rich districts, most of the attention revolves in and around Bangalore. Missing is the Kannadiga pride at the event.  There is no mention of the beauty of the state, its salubrious climate and its outstanding educational institutions. The stunning architecture, iconic food, great wildlife, the myriad places of historical prominence and cities that are in close proximity to ports and sea coast finds no mention.”

Read the full article: GIM vs Vibrant Gujarat

Photograph: Chairs being arranged during the global investors meet in Bangalore on Friday (Karnataka Photo News)

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41 Responses to “Missing: Kannadiga pride at global investors meet”

  1. BangaloreBaba Says:

    Missing Kannada pride – well, I think this is just another case of the “Karnataka=Bangalore” syndrome. At least they have included the “mining districts”, thank your stars for that!

  2. clash Says:

    Karnataka GIM is all about spurious land deals for resort construction or that is what i felt, when i had a glance at the project details that appeared in newspapers.

  3. Sanjeeva Says:

    Comparison between Gujarat and Karnataka is just not possible. There is a visionary there with convictions and a party with majority. Here….. less said the better. For the last almost five years, there is no stability in the government. Where is the question of governance!

  4. A Journalist Says:

    Excellent article. Wholly agree.

  5. Srikanta Says:

    I have been in an around Karnataka, not many true-blood Kannadigas are ambitious enough to be Entrepreneurial except for a few NRN, Mallaya etc.

    Most businesses are outsiders, Some-how Education sector is good business, Manufacturing in North Karnataka, Trade in coastal Karnataka, and Truly intellectual industry in places like Mysore, Shimoga, even Mangalore etc can help.

    I think IT will loose its shine, once cost arbitrage, tech advancement, infrastructure lapses, politics play their part.

    Proper planning and categorization of Industry determinable to environment, local culture, long-term impact etc must be done.

    Real Hi-tech IP, Bio-tech, Biology, Agriculture, Education etc should be encouraged.

    Energy and Water are an issue,

    No point begging for a poisoned fruit

  6. dr ramesh Says:

    Without LAND AUDIT of govt granted land for private industrial purposes, GIM can only lead to another spell of land scams. Excess land taken by corporates is being used for hawala real estate.
    When govt is granting land, it can precondition it with providing jobs for locals, but sadly karnataka lags behind in this aspect.
    Necessary amendments to sarojini mahishi report should be made and passed in the assembly to instill confidence in kannadigas to participate in the industrialization process.

  7. FirstReality Says:

    As I see it, if it’s true, it’s good thing. Atleast one less group supremacists. If Gujaratis beat their chests for being proud of being born as Gujaratis why should we do it?

    And what exactly is the pride in being something that’s by birth? It’s investor’s meet for heaven’s sake and think if it makes people lives any better.

  8. Gokulam 3rd Stage Says:

    Kannadiga pride is missing in the event, because unfortunately, Kannadiga pride doesn’t exist.

  9. the colonel Says:


    A system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

  10. Hiker Says:

    We were told that Karnataka is becoming Gujarat. No? OK.

  11. Doddi Buddi Says:

    oh how I wish Kumaranna as CM and Devegowda as PM would come back and restore Kannadigas pride!

    The truth is more closer to GK3S comment!

  12. Sanjeeva Says:

    Gokulam 3rd Stage, well said. I remember a dailogue of Ma. Hirannayya in one of his dramas: “Thamilaru kattaabhimaanigalu, malayaligalu swabhimaanigalu, thelugaru aatmaabhimaanigalu… naavu kannadigaru? navoo ashte: “niraa”bhimaanigalu!

  13. Venkatesh Says:

    People of Karnataka have themselves to blame if there is no Kanndiga pride anymore. These days it is more like lingayat pride, vokkaliga pride, kurba pride, dalit pride and minority pride thanks to this idiotic BJP government ……..

  14. Nastika Says:

    The current government’s vision is just 1 year. So when the focus is so short, what long term goals can the Govt see through?

    Hence the lack of energy, commitment and half-hearted attempt at GIM 2012.


  15. Rao Says:

    Any way this govt. is in a hurry to throw Kannada out of Karnataka. No wonder soon studying Kannada medium may be banned.

  16. Harihara Bhat Says:

    First of all, most of these deals would not result in setting up of any industry. If at all, they will settle for denotified pieces of lands.

    We are experts in copying ideas and concepts from others and renaming them as if it were ours. We take 5-year plan from Soviet, without verifying its applicability. We took SEZ concept from China and implemented it shabbily. We copy screenplays and stories and technologies shamelessly. Our budgets are full of schemes with attractive names but with no new mechanism to disrupt the existing malpractices in implementation. Likewise, this GIM too is a misnomer with oblique goals and opaque deals.

    How one can expect to see Kannadiga pride when most people of our state is unable to get the benefits coming out of such meets? What communities/castes of our state have really reaped the benefits of education? I can think of only two or three. With most of the middle- and north Karnataka kept under substandard living for so long, Kannadigas can only let their land be sold to others.

    With decades after decades of poor education and development, sudden influx of whatever industrialization would not benefit the locals. The process should be continuous and incremental. These meets only help educated mallus, bongs, kongs, gultes, marwaris and northies.

  17. Sanjeeva Says:

    Mr. Rao, No point in blaming the government for everything. Safeguarding the interests of Kannada and Kannadigas is in the hands of Kannadigas themselves and none else like Mr. Venkatesh says. An average Kannadiga speaks all languages except Kannada. How do you expect Kannada to survive. Unless Kannadigas develop a sense of pride among themselves, nobody can help. Look at our neighbours – T.N., Kerala and A.P. There the governments do not compel the people to speak only in the state language. It is a way of life there. That compels everyone who comes to their states to learn and speak in their language.

  18. Nastika Says:

    I don’t think Kannadigas, as people, have changed in last 2000 years. Yet Kannada language survived and is now in 21st century. Why do you think there is a threat now? An average Kannadiga is still speaking Kannada … (if you didn’t hear Kannada then you probably mistook Telugu guy for a Kannadiga).


  19. Suresh Panje Says:

    Other than Sir Mokshagundam Vishweshwaraih and N R Narayan Murthy and his Infosys team, which Mysorean (meaning Kannadiga) can you name as an enterprising entrepreneur? Other than Mane Kattisodu, Makkalu Hutsodhu (building houses and breeding kids and Mysoreans lack the spirit to venture into new industrial forays. Of course, the Sirurs-owned Mysore Spinning and Weaving Mills, Minverva Mills and Modern Mills ran into losses due to mismanagement. Mysore Electrical Industries and its sister concern IAEC also met the same fate.
    So it is futile to brag about being a Kannadiga.
    Suresh Panje
    New Delhi 110 022

  20. har.sri.ga Says:

    There is serious lack of GUTS when it comes to entrepreneurship! I have seen so many Kannadigas who only keep telling ‘ idane yaru adru madidre chenagi iratha iitu’ which means ; somebody can open a IT company, somebody can open a good Kannada medium school, somebody can open a Karnataka cuisine fine dining restaurant etc.
    There is also absolute lack of language, culture aspect in Karnataka since most of the business men are not from Karnataka.
    Most of Kannadiga’s want to earn monthly salary or collect rents from buildings built on ancestral property aste..
    P.S : I am in search of business partner for few projects ; I believe in crowd funding instead of single man army approach . Currently, I am interested in opening/starting a
    1. Good Kannada medium school in Bangalore
    2. Fine dining restaurant which serves Karnataka cuisine
    3. Kannada merchandize

  21. Nastika Says:

    @har.sri.ga, simplest & easiest reason is to say that Kannadigas lack pride. Meanwhile, enjoy the story.

    Tourist & Mexican fisherman story

    An American tourist was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked.

    Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The tourist complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

    The Mexican replied, “Only a little while.”

    The tourist then asked, “Why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?”

    The Mexican said, “With this I have more than enough to support my family’s needs.”

    The tourist then asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”

    The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and busy life.”

    The tourist scoffed, ” I can help you. You should spend more time fishing; and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat: With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats. Eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor; eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You could leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then Los Angeles and eventually New York where you could run your ever-expanding enterprise.”

    The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?”

    The tourist replied, “15 to 20 years.”

    “But what then?” asked the Mexican.

    The tourist laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right you would sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions.”

    “Millions?…Then what?”

    The American said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”


  22. DailyBread Says:

    >which Mysorean (meaning Kannadiga) can you name as an enterprising entrepreneur?

    Vijay Sankeshwar, and there are many like him…..


    >There is serious lack of GUTS when it comes to entrepreneurship!
    >I believe in crowd funding instead of single man army approach

    Sir, if you have guts, you should invest your own money. Otherwise, this crowd funding sounds like a ponzi scheme to me.

  23. chinmaya Says:

    A good Kannada medium school upto international standards in centre of bengaluru is a very good idea.

    obviously maths and science will be forefront but getting to speak kannada and explaining things would make things easier from kids to colleges.

    I am particularly interested to install solar power in all villages of Karnataka villages by crowd funding through village panchayats and concerned people there.

    All school and colleges should implement this first by roping in solar companies that are operating in India now.

    once the need for power and water is affordable there won’t be any politics , malnutrition and fights. that’s the way.

    GIM is just a tactic to export minerals and other costly resources from the country and make money as Nastika quoted.

  24. Mahe Says:

    Lack of pride, i agree. But there are a lot of Kannada entrepreuners, not just MV or NRN as pointed out by Panje…Vijay Mallya, VG Siddhartha, Brigade group, Prestige Group, Azim Premji, Kumar Malavalli, SPR Group, BR Shetty, Devi Shetty, Manipal Group to name a few…

  25. chinmaya Says:

    what’s the use of Kumar Malavalli – malavalli has no roads even being next to capital.
    what’s the use of Mallya – the amount spend on calendar babes and his extravagant living can be spent on those coffee estate workers in Kodagu who still are untouchables – holeya.
    what’s the use of NRN – he made everyone speak english and carried them overseas . now they are busy facebooking and spending all money to overseas tourism.

    there is no use of these kind of enterpreneurs – they are ‘manege maari oorige upakari’ types.

  26. chetan Says:

    mahe avare, give me some accha kannada names apart from the usual vg siddhartha and nrn. remove shetty, mallya, manipal(pai) and premji from your list. if you claim all of them as kannada then tulu and konkani people won’t have anyone left to claim and take pride in themselves and their community.

    among the new kannada entrepreneurs i would add the maiya’s group.

  27. har.sri.ga Says:

    the story was very good! therefore, today we have tamilians, telugities, malayaliees etc deciding on what we should do in our day to day life. We dont know anything else than apart from thinking about retirement (a.ka. waiting for monthly rents or FD returns)
    crowd funding sounds ponzi, hage idre; what about stock markets, FII etc? does it sound like bigger scam ;-)
    yeah, thats the only way to beat the system where every parents cries about lack of quality. If there is good Kannada medium school which can give competition to English medium ones in every aspect, I am sure that there would be few parents in every area who would like to send their kids to such schools and this would become a trend sooner or later.
    http://www.arivu.in/index.html is one of such attempts which is happening in Mysore.
    regarding second point,
    Working with village panchyat is a pain since only party n family based politics rule.
    If you are serious about this venture, check out http://www.deccanherald.com/content/208023/harvest-solar-power-home-sell.html
    The present problem is grid connectivity which would need infrastructural support from Govt.
    You must be knowing that we are undergoing energy crisis in country and development of any economy is totally dependant on energy. The 12th year plan also focusses on reducing this gap and providing the thrust to clean energy generation.

  28. jayashree Says:

    Kannadiga’s pride was lost, once Jayachamaraja Wodayar became the Governor of Madras state. Now there is no pride to talk about!

  29. DailyBread Says:


    >crowd funding sounds ponzi, hage idre; what about stock markets, FII etc? does it sound like bigger scam ;-)

    LOL, I Knew this will be your come back. I am not interested in giving free fund raising gyans on public forums. Hire an investment banker, he will educate you….

    Stop whining, I can line up 5000 technology companies in India & abroad, which have at least one kannadiga co-founder. Open your eyes and see the enterprises coming in your neighborhood.

    BTW, thank you for the solar power link…..

  30. har.sri.ga Says:

    The investment banker would just talk about ‘how to park the money or how to make rs.10 into rs.50 over 3 years”. I had enough discussions with them before coming to this conclusion that present business don’t have linguistic angle to it. Investment bankers dont create Kannada entrepreneurship, I am looking at creating a pool where language, culture is also in focus.
    The 5000 technology companies with one or more Kannadiga co-founder is of no great use to a average Kannadiga.
    The same old Infy NRN had commented that Kannadigas are not employable, therefore we dont have many Kannadigas in IT field!
    We are still fighting to fix our Kannada fonts in computer, cant print receipts in Kannada using blackberry devices and dont have solution with Kannada perspective in most of their products. There is just one Baraha, nudi, quillipad and so on.. If these 5000 companies had Kannada perspective, we would have been pampered with choices today!
    So,lets start pondering on this aspect rather than chest thumping about 5000 companies.

  31. chidu22 Says:


    Noble thoughts, genuine concern for the language and culture. Heartening to know people still care for kannada. Points raised by yourself are valid,however it will go on to create another kannada development authority. KDA has not achieved much, as problem lies in the attitude of kannadigas not lack of infrastucture or fecilities. You might argue otherwise which is hen/egg , which came first ?,scenario. By no means want to discourage or dissaude you, I think the mending should start at home. Enforce kannada pride with your own and rest should fall in place. Its alright to speak political correctness( to all those who brag about worldly values and modernisation=English only) when you are secure not when your own identity is bulldozed by week and meek attitude. English is fine in its place, has its own advantages however we need to take over print and visual media to promote kannada utility as lingua franca for day to day affairs in urban karnataka not just as it is confined in the rural parts now. We need educated lot to invest in kannada film industry( most powerful industry), to promote kannada as language of learned people, not of only what is currently shown that of village folks. This has only misguided the youth to believe kannada to be uncool and for the poor/rustic people. I haven’t seen one movie /TV programme, with a kannadiga embracing the modern world and life style . It is left to bollywood/kollywood to who have incorporated science and technology in their movies which surely has enhanced the visual experience.
    The point I am harping for so long is we need to change attitudes and I believe- maneye modala paatshaale and thayee ye (thande yu kooda) modala guru.

  32. har.sri.ga Says:

    thanks for understanding the view point and pointing out to the problem areas! most of the discussions in my house/with relatives turn into heated arguments and finally, the point of rebuttal stops when someone asks
    ‘how many software are there with Kannada as language?’
    ‘which hotels market Karnataka dishes as a cuisine?’
    ‘how many TV channels do you have to pamper me and my kids?’
    So, the chicken egg problem is ‘ there is no one to demand or there is no one to offer’ . In 1st case, we are too shy to ask or think Kannada is not cool.
    In 2nd case, the business folks are not interested to promote ‘ Kannada and Karnataka’ since , most of them are from different background and our own people never think in that angle
    so, lets stop complaining and start building our own infrastructure, enterprises etc! Instead of asking a Nandhini resturant to serve akki rotti , SAP to provide software in Kannada or asking UTV to open a new channel in Kannada ; we should look at creating such products at our own backyard.
    If this has to be done, few educated folks with some cash/assets in hand (ranging from rs50,000 to 50 lakh) should join together and get this started.
    There would be hundreds to say, this is not possible! but a few can always bring the change! W.r.t movies, crowd funding has kicked off..http://www.hometalkies.com/lucia/
    In other areas, I have decided to start a blog http://kannadacommerce.blogspot.in/ as the first step and I am keen to take it forward.

  33. Nastika Says:

    @har.sri.ga, lets see your plans:
    > 1. Good Kannada medium school in Bangalore
    There are some concepts which sound good. But in practice, its soo difficult that it doesn’t work out. Socialism is one such idea. Kannada medium schools also seems like it.

    The name Kannada medium schools is so maligned by Govt that a ‘good Kannada medium school’ sounds like an oxymoron. So you won’t find any parent willing to send their kids to your school, since they are not sure of job opportunities for students from your school.
    Even if you manage to start, it will be niche school – probably 1 or 2 in a city, till it is shut.

    PS: Running school is old business. You could talk to people who run schools to understand why your school will fail.

    > 2. Fine dining restaurant which serves Karnataka cuisine
    There is Kodava cuisine, Malnad cuisine, Karavali cuisine, North Karnataka cuisine restaurants doing well. What exactly you mean by Karnataka cuisine?

    > 3. Kannada merchandize
    Kannada books, flags, posters & other merchandise is already available in shops (in Sapna, or say in Basavanagudi, VV Puram, etc).
    What exactly you intend to sell?

    Unless backed by a business case, your plans look like a day-dreamers fantasy.


  34. BangaloreBaba Says:

    Among the businesses listed, the “Kannada cuisine” restaurant seems the most viable. Kannada school and Kannada merchandize, not very much. :(

    The akki-roti and ragi-mudde kind of cuisine that only our Ajjis make at home, and which is very tough to find in restaurants – I think there is definitely a market for a “pure Kannada cuisine” restaurant.

  35. dr ramesh Says:

    pre nursery has become multi crore big business in Bangalore. Admission to it costs a bomb. U can start a pre nursery with good facilities and which also includes Kannada curriculum. U can then expand the business thru franchisees.
    Present pre nurseries operating in Bangalore have no place for Kannada and a growing kid starts getting alienated from Kannada from an early age.
    Plan 2,
    Produce an art movie directed by kasaravalli or sheshadri, TV rights, DVD rights, an award or two, international film festival and u have made money, fame and done u r bit of Kannada seve.

  36. har.sri.ga Says:

    1. Kannada medium school’s cant produce bright kids is a first misconception. I don’t see bright genius coming out only from English medium ones. So, there are lot of bright students out there, even in Kannada medium and English medium alike.
    Regarding the question of employability, we need English speaking/writing candidates and no where, the job description specifies that we recruit English medium candidates only.
    2. Please take a look around in the fine dining resturants and please let me know where can I have these cuisine? I can see Karavali cuisine in few restaurants but the rest, I have not come across yet or recollect it. I have got tired of seeing punjabi, rajasthani, mughali etc in every damm 5 – star resturant or fine dining places.
    3. There is something called as cool factor! rite now, Kannada flag is seen a fringe element , the present quality of posters n other merchandise dont appeal to the youth.
    I intened to work with brand ambassadors and brand managers to create a identity! A identity which creates a esteem value or cool factor to it. It needs NIFT, KCA candidates to create something which would appeal to higher middle class and cream of society. Once they flaunt it, it automatically starts influencing the choice for rest of the society.

    Me and my friend are working on it and talking to few Kannada actors who can appeal to the youth!

    I appreciate your concern, evaluate my points and provide feedback.
    The business model can be refined, remodelled or whatever you call it. The final objective should be same, serve the Kannada cause. Day dreaming is needed, since the rest have fallen asleep :-P

    Its becoming harder to explain or point out good restaurants which can serve good Karnataka food. I can only see Andhra restaurants and state cuisine(Oriya, Bengali, Maharastrian) mess mushrooming in every nook and corner of city. These restaurants have considerable chunk of Kannadigas as their customers too.
    I still have to run towards Madappa mess to have nice ragi mudde n bus saaru!!

  37. har.sri.ga Says:

    @dr ramesh,
    Yeah , one of my friend (who is IT Kannadiga again) has opened a pre-school by taking a franchisee of popular brand. During the discussions with him, regarding building another parallel pre-school brand, we thought a end to end schooling solution is the need of the hour.
    Most of the parents prefer to pay(cough up) one time donation fee rather than paying to pre-school , primary school, high school etc.
    Therefore, we thought of starting a school and not just a pre-school.
    Options are open since we need to fine tune the business model according to our angel investors/VCs at the end.
    Option 2 is of not much of use since Girish Kasarvalli movies might win awards, but the impact on society is very limited. His last movie was screened in one screen of PVR multiplex and he seemed to least bothered to take it to the masses.

  38. Nastika Says:

    1) Kannada medium school:
    No where I said bright kids won’t come out of Kannada medium. All I said was no parent will send their kids to Kannada medium school. Their concern being the future of the kids after the kids leave your school.
    If you can provide a satisfying answer to this concern, then your school will be hit.

    2) Kannada fine dining:
    The concept of Karnataka cuisine is taken over by shivalli-brahmin pioneered darshinis and restaurants like MTR, Maiyyas, Kamath, etc. You will find plenty of restaurants that serve this cuisine.
    I do agree there is no good restaurants that serve Mysore-Mandya-Hassan style non-veg food in Bangalore.
    (Check comments this thread: https://churumuri.wordpress.com/2012/05/21/why-adigas-wants-a-coo-for-idli-vada-sambar/)
    The reason for the lack of good restaurants could be since people eat that cuisine at homes and at functions, not many would like to eat in hotels. Hence they prefer Mughlai.

    If you are planning a fine dining restaurant that serve different cuisines of Karnataka, then I am all for it. Hope you include non-veg too :)

    3) Kannada merchandise
    Still its not clear what new stuff you will sell that is not available now. All I could get was same stuff but better designed, which is endorsed by actors. I guess, you are planning a souvenir shop. Still not sure how you can afford fee of actors to endorse your products.


  39. DailyBread Says:

    Nastika, great post…..


    >The 5000 technology companies with one or more Kannadiga co-founder is of no great use to a average Kannadiga.

    Lol, crowd funding Uttarkumars imho should have little humility….

    > The investment banker would just talk about ‘how to park the money or how to make rs.10 into rs.50 over 3 years”

    If you keep on talking to insurance agents/ mutual fund sales guys, you will never be able to raise naalkane for your kannada dukaan.

    >conclusion that present business don’t have linguistic angle to it.

    Gurugale, do you understand simple things like demand, supply, etc.

    >Investment bankers dont create Kannada entrepreneurship.

    Whats a kannada entrepreneurship? Selling kharbyali rotti? selling Sanje vaani at traffic junctions? selling pirated kannada cinema DVDs on footpath?

    And what are these?; company running a bus service between Yadgir & Raichur? Shri Kottal Basaveshwar Prathamic Shaale? Savadatti Yellama Khanavali, Vaadiraj Udupi Hotel, Shishunal sherif military hotel, Shahabadimath Book Depot, etc.

    >The same old Infy NRN had commented that Kannadigas are not employable, therefore we dont have many Kannadigas in IT field!

    This is a lie, I don’t think NRN will ever make a statement like this. Sir, good luck with your agenda, but please don’t lie…….

    >chest thumping about 5000 companies.

    You missed the point by a mile. Gorkallu, male and all that…

  40. har.sri.ga Says:

    1. Mother tongue-based bilingual programs use the learner’s first language, known as the L1, to teach beginning reading and writing skills along with academic content.
    The second or foreign language, known as the L2, should be taught systematically so that learners can gradually transfer skills from the familiar language to the unfamiliar one.

    So, a transistion path (from Kannada medium to English medium) maybe from 5th or 7th std would be put in place so that by 10th std , a kid would be ready to write the exams in English medium (if the parents desire) or can continue in Kannada medium.


    The focus would be to stop alienation from heritage language and culture, from parents and community
    The children who go to the primary schools are often teased by other students for using their MT in the classroom when they talk to their counterparts. Teachers advise them to use L2 instead of their MT. Parents are asked not to use MT at home in order to make the children fluent in the L2. All these things have led to a negative attitude towards their language in the minds of the parents and children… (Educator in minority language community in India. 2006. Personal communication).


    2. I think, all mortals in Benglauru or elsewhere are not fortunate enough to get home made food or wait till a function invite pops up. So, the idea would be sell all cuisines of Karnataka under one single umberalla and show that we have a rich culinary options.
    Yeah, my idea is to serve veg, non-veg with good liquor options too. RASA in Malleshwara come closes to what I have in mind, but its not completely Karnataka oriented in its offering.
    If you have not visited that place, check it out. Its near Malleshwara circle

    3.Yeah, the idea is to get better designed products rather majestic footpath quality. Hmm, Souvenir shop .. Can say it would be something like that. Endorsement of actors is for building brand “Kannada” and not just the products. Its about building a brand dat becomes a hallmark for preservence of our culture and language.

  41. Suresh Panje Says:

    Though the debate on this topic at the outset was about Mysorean (Kannadiga) pride at the recent conclave of business tycoons, it took a diverse route in due course with the learned readers and critics commenting on Kannada language, the schools teaching in this medium et al. Now dear Mr. Har.Sri.Ga has spoken about RASA in my good old Malleswaram. Well, much before RASA, during the 50s and early 60s, there were three bars in Malleswaram. One at just outside the Sagar theatre near mill corner and two others on 8th Cross. The Maratha Military Hotel owned by the then champ swimmer Dasarath. There was the bar just ahead of it. Likewise on 5th cross (near Malleswaram Circle), opposite P Ramdev Hande’s residence was another military hotel. Yes, military hotel was the name rendered by the conservative Mysoreans for non-veg food. So much so, after I was operated for tonsil and asked to spend a night at the Victoria Hospital in 1958, a fellow patient had asked me at dinner time whether I prefer ‘military oota’ or ‘Brahmin’s oota’.
    All said and done, the conservative Malleswaram became slightly open and progressive in mid-60s as evident from Breeze opening a nice restaurant next to my nursery school Malleswaram Shishu Vihara. Incidentally, the place where this restaurant came up was once upon a time (upto 1956) the Police Station before it moved over to its own premises slightly ahead near the Margosa Road approach.
    Presto, two decades later in 1982 when I visited Bangalore again. bars were galore almost at every other corner in Malleswaram. As for non-veg fare, there were eating joints aplenty and popular among them was the RR restaurant on 11th cross, sandwiched between the Iyengar’s Krishna and a mutt belonging to another Hindu sect (on Sampige Road).
    As such one must opine that the once conservative folk of Bangalore have become liberal vis-a-vis tipplers and spiritualists like me although a majority of the watering holes are not that clean.

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