“Why can’t he put up banners with Kannada text?” asked a Karnataka Rashana Vedike activist.

This is Karnataka Kannada outfit tears down Tamil hoarding of Bengaluru corporator
news Language Politics Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 19:09

After defacing Hindi signs at metro stations across Bengaluru, the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike is now under taking a drive to tear down flex banners with non-Kannada texts.

On Thursday morning, several members of the Praveen Shetty faction of KVR carried out a protest on Tannery Road in Bengaluru. The members of this Kannada outfit marched up to the flex banner of BBMP Corporator Elamalai and tore the parts of the banner containing text in Tamil.

The members also demanded that Elamalai resign from his position in the BBMP Council.

Speaking to TNM, Praveen Shetty, the President of KVR said that despite several “warnings given by the Vedike”, many people were not adhering to the usage of Kannada in sign boards and banners.

“This is Karnataka and besides, he is a BBMP Corporator. Why can’t he put up banners with Kannada text? It is because of such things that people stop speaking in Kannada. The Makara Sankranti flex banners were in Tamil. This is unacceptable, so we defaced the banners. Look at people in that area, they only speak Tamil now and not Kannada. This is Karnataka and people should learn Kannada,” Praveen Shetty said.

Over the past two days, members of the outfit have gone around several areas in the city and torn down flex banners which contained text in any language other than Kannada or English.

“In KR Market, Dandupradesha and Shivajinagar, the members of our organization have been removing banners printed in Urdu and Tamil. In Karnataka, we will accept only Kannada language banners,” Shetty added.

Despite several attempts by TNM, the corporator was unavailable for comment.

In July last year, the members of the outfit had defaced Hindi signs in metro stations across the city. The activists of the Vedike had demanded that the three-language policy be removed and that the state government implement a two-language policy of Kannada and English only.

Subsequently, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had written to the Centre, asking it to order Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) to take down the Hindi language sign boards.

In August 2017, BMRCL agreed to take down the Hindi signs. Subsequently, in November the same year, Bengaluru Development Minister KJ George had allotted a one-month deadline for establishments to have Kannada sign boards. However, the members of the Vedike are still upset that despite the promise, BMRCL still has Hindi signages.