If Kannada in High Court alongside English, why not on shop signboards and hoardings?
The State Cabinet on Wednesday last decided to make Kannada as a language in the High Court proceedings, along with English. With Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Maharashtra and Odisha already taking steps to use their respective official State languages in High Court proceedings, a Cabinet meeting, presided by Chief Minister Siddharamaiah decided to make Kannada as a language in Karnataka High Court proceedings. A case of better late than never.
This Cabinet decision has to be forwarded to President Pranab Mukherjee through the Governor of the State to get the Constitutional validity. The Lower Courts in the State, however, have been issuing judgements in Kannada in majority of cases.
At present, High Court proceedings are conducted in English. Judgements are being issued in English because it is the official language of the High Court as determined by the Constitution. But small wonder why Karnataka took so long to take this very important decision and that too after other States like Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Maharashtra and Odisha took steps in this regard. This despite there being so many vedikes, senas and organisations often seen fighting for the cause of Kannada language through demonstrations before offices, procession on the streets and slogan-shouting before Ministers apart from blackening and disfiguring advertisements and shop sign-boards even though written both in English and Kannada. All for love for Kannada, forgetting the advertisers and shop-keepers have paid a fortune to have those hoardings and shop sign-boards.
The same kind of amnesia appeared to be their problem in the late realisation for securing the status of a classical language to Kannada after Tamilians got it for their language Tamil. Why, even to make Mysore State into Karnataka State it took a long time, after Madras State became Tamil Nadu. Thanks to former Chief Minister D. Devaraj Urs.