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Movement regarding language intensifies in Bengaluru, Kannada activists removed English signboards, said – give priority to local language

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Kannada activists removed English signboards

Bengaluru: The movement has intensified in Karnataka demanding to give prominence to local languages. People associated with the movement broke many signboards, advertisement boards and hoardings written in English. The Kannada Rakshana Vedike (KRV) organization leading this movement has launched a massive campaign demanding the local language. Under this campaign, the workers associated with this organization targeted the hoardings. Activists have targeted Starbucks, Third Wave, Toyota, House of Masaba, Forest Essentials, Theobroma and others. The KRV claimed that thousands of English signboards were “destroyed and uprooted” across the city.

We wait till 28th February, then big movement

KRV President T.A. Narayana Gowda warned, “We will wait till February 28 to put up sign boards giving prominence to the Kannada language. If this is not done, a vigorous protest will be organized to get rid of those sign boards.” He said, “We apologize for the inconvenience caused to the people of Bengaluru. I think they will understand the organization of massive protests to ensure the use of Kannada language on sign boards.” If false cases are filed against workers, we will protest against the government.”

Surprised at police remaining a mute spectator

People have also expressed strong reaction on this incident. Many expressed surprise at the police remaining a mute spectator to the incidents in the state capital and the vandalism and vandalism carried out by Kannada activists. Karnataka Police had earlier on Wednesday beefed up security in Bengaluru in view of KRV’s demand to give prominence to the local language on signboards of commercial buildings and malls in the city. The organization organized a massive rally as part of its mega campaign launched after the Karnataka government issued directions to make Kannada mandatory in 60 percent of the sign boards put up on commercial buildings. The rally started from Bengaluru International Airport Road and proceeded to Yelahanka, Shivajinagar, Commercial Street, S.P. Road, Brigade Road, M.G. Road, passing through Chikkapet, City Market and Avenue Road and reached Cubbon Park.

All sign boards should be in Kannada by 28th February

KRV president Narayana Gowda had issued a warning to owners of commercial buildings to give prominence to Kannada language on sign boards. He had also said that if only Hindi and English languages ​​were found used on sign boards, they would be removed. . Bruhat Bengaluru Municipal Corporation (BBMP) Commissioner Tushar Girinath has directed that all sign boards in the state capital should be in Kannada by February 28. However, the KRV had given time till December 27 to change the sign boards, which the malls And owners of commercial buildings challenged it. Police have beefed up security at Asia’s largest Mall of Asia amid a dispute between the management and KRV over displaying the mall’s name in Kannada. Activists tore down advertisements in English and blackened Hindi and English sign boards. The police had to resort to lathicharge to control the situation. (IANS)

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