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ಕನ್ನಡಾಭಿಮಾನ ಮುಖ್ಯವೇ ಹೊರತು,

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Dear Editor,

It is very interesting to see the reaction from Amerikannadigas in the light of what Dr. U. R Anantha Murthy and Dr. B. C. Ramachandra Sharma have recently said about English etc.

Both these gentlemen have traveled in the United States and met hundreds of kannadigas, known many of them personally and have understood what we Amerikannadigas go through here on a daily basis.

For people like me who landed here some 25 years ago, we had the good fortune of getting exposed to Kannada culture while in India, and we picked up the culture of this land upon arrival, so we are able to enjoy the best of both the worlds.

As time progressed, changes have taken place in India. Bangalore has moved to the forefront in the IT field. Many young men and women, who would have probably pursued language studies, have taken up technical courses. No harm done. Karnataka, and in particular Bangalore, is known all over the world for its Software Engineers. So, while we lost some edge in our linguistic studies, we have gained a lot in other areas. We should be proud of the achievements of the Kannadigas.

Now talking about the Amerikannadigas, it is worth noticing that there are many good writers in America, most of them being hobby writers. I have read many of these writings, and see no difference in quality between some of the eminent writers in Karnataka and the writers here. Given the fact that we live in an environment that is entirely different, away from Kannada and Kartnataka, you should realize that these kannadigas who continue to keep writing in Kannada are to be appreciated. In fact, many of these writers never even wrote as long as they lived in Karnataka.

It is irrelevant to compare who or where Kannadigas are contributing for Kannada. What we need to see and encourage is the passion that these Amerikannadiga writers have in them to write in Kannada. There are about 26 Kannnada Kootas in North America, serving the majority of Kannada families in this part of the world. The love and affection to Kannada by these Kannadigas is a shining example of their interest in Kannada and its welfare.

Instead of getting in to controversies and discussions, let us harness our talents and efforts in doing more constructive work. WE always welcome Kannada writers, singers and artists from Karnataka and have treated them well. Dr. GSS, Dr. Adiga, Dr. S.L.Byrappa, Prof.N.S. L. Bhatta, Dr, Chandrashekar Kambar and many other Kannada writers have visited North America and enriched our culture here. Our Amerikannada writers deserve the same good treatment from all Kannadigas.

- Vatsa Kumar

Bay City, TX.

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I read the article of Ananthamurthy, it is the stupidest thing what I heard/read in my life time, it is not the wise thinking and no theme/fact in that, nothing to do with any lanaguge purely it depends on peolples. Mr. Ananthamurthy was the good writer, I read the novel "Sanskaara", it was so good novel & enjoyed much. I strongly recomend to write good novels like "Sanskaara" instead of writing or misjudging any languages in the world.

Thanks

- Dinesha K.Nanjegowda

Fullerton, Ca-92831, US

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Dear Editor,

Sir, It has become a fashion for some of your writers to blame NRIs for everything. As I observed here (USA) from past 9 years, NRIs are minority in US. This minority sense builds up their Jagruthi about their culture, language and kids. NRIs kids are well raised, well taught and have well awareness of their culture. NRI kids may not speak their native language but they are well versed with their culture. You may see girls wearing short skirts/minis in Blore but you never see an indian girl wearing such dresses in US. You may see girls kissing/flirting publicly in Blore but you never see an indian girl doing all such sorts of things in US. Very rarely a muslim asks whether its halal meat or not in blore, but NRI muslim always make sure its halal meat, Why? because NRIs have the sense of Jagruthi, pride for their culture.

If your writer has concerns on Mr.NRI, who commented on Mr.Ananth Murthys comments, please advise them to address to the issue. Janakis writing clearly shows that she is jealous. Ms. Janaki is clearly using this issue to takeout her jealous. As always Kyge yetukadha dhrakshi huli

Ravi Hanj,

Chicago

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ಪ್ರಿಯ ಸಂಪಾದಕ,

ಅನಂತಮೂರ್ತಿಯವರು ‘ವಿಶ್ವದ ದೊಡ್ಡ ಸುಳ್ಳಾಡುವ ಭಾಷೆ ಇಂಗ್ಲಿಷ್‌' ಎಂದು ಹೇಳಿರುವುದು ಅಕ್ಷರಶಃ (ಲಿಟೆರಲ್ಲಿ) ನಿಜ.

ಸುಳ್ಳಾಡುವ ಜನ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ದೇಶ ಭಾಷೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಸಮಾನವಾಗಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಎಂದು ಇಟ್ಟುಕೊಳ್ಳೋಣ. ಜಗತ್ತಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಅತಿ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಉಪಯೋಗಿಸಲ್ಪಡುವ ಭಾಷೆ ಇಂಗ್ಲಿಷ್‌ ಆಗಿರುವುದರಿಂದ ಅತಿ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿನ ಸುಳ್ಳು ಕಂತೆ ಪುರಾಣಗಳು ಇಂಗ್ಲಿಷ್‌ ಭಾಷೆಯಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ನಡೆಯುತ್ತವೆ ಅಲ್ಲವೆ!!!

‘ಆಪರೇಶನ್‌ ಇರಾಕೀ ಫ್ರೀಡಂ' ಎಂಬ ಸ್ಲೋಗನ್‌, ಇಂಗ್ಲಿಷ್‌ ಭಾಷೆಗೆ ಅಮೇರಿಕಾ ದೇಶದ ಇತ್ತೀಚಿನ ಸುಳ್ಳಿನ ಬಳುವಳಿ. ಇಲ್ಲಿ ತಪ್ಪು ಜನರದ್ದೇ ಹೊರತು, ಅವರಾಡುವ ಭಾಷೆಯದ್ದೇನಲ್ಲ. ಅನಂತಮೂರ್ತಿಯವರು ಹೇಳುವ ಪ್ರತಿಯಾಂದು ಮಾತನ್ನು ಅಪಾರ್ಥ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಳ್ಳುವುದು ಬೇಡ. ಅವರಂತಹ ಚಿಂತಕರು ನಮ್ಮೊಡನೆ ಇರುವುದು ಹೆಮ್ಮೆಯ ವಿಷಯ.

- ವಾಸು, NJ

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ಪ್ರಿಯ ಸಂಪಾದಕ,

ಅನಂತಮೂರ್ತಿಯವರ ಮಾತಿನ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಆಕ್ಷೇಪವೆತ್ತಿದ ಅಮೆರಿಕನ್ನಡಿಗರಿಗೆ ಅವರ ಮಾತು ಯಾಕೆ ಅರ್ಥವಾಗಿಲ್ಲದೆ ಇರಬಹುದೆನ್ನುವ ಕುರಿತಾದ ಜಾನಕಿಯವರ ವಿಶ್ಲೇಷಣೆ ಪರ್ಫೆಕ್ಟ್‌ ! ಅವರು ಕೊಟ್ಟಿರುವ ಇಂಗ್ಲಿಷ್‌ ಜಾಹೀರಾತು, ಐಶ್ವರ್ಯ ರೈ ಮತ್ತು ಇಂಡಿಯಾ ಟುಡೇ, ಇಲ್ಲಿನ ಇಂಗ್ಲಿಷ್‌ ಪತ್ರಿಕೆಗಳು, ಹಾಲಿವುಡ್‌, ಇತ್ಯಾದಿ ಉದಾಹರಣೆಗಳನ್ನು ನೋಡಿದ ಮೇಲಾದರೂ ಸದರಿ ಅಮೆರಿಕನ್ನಡಿಗರಿಗೆ ಅನಂತಮೂರ್ತಿಯವರ ಮಾತು ಅರ್ಥವಾಗುತ್ತದೆ ಎಂದುಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದೇನೆ!

- ಶ್ರೀಧರ್‌, ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು

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ಹಲೋ ಸಾರ್‌,

ಜಾನಕಿಯವರ ಉತ್ತರ ತುಂಬಾ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿತ್ತು. ನಿಜ ಹೇಳ್ಬೇಕು ಅಂದ್ರೆ, ನಾನೂ ಸಹಾ ಇಂಗ್ಲೀಷ್‌ ಸುಳ್ಳಾಡುವ ಭಾಷೆ ಅಲ್ಲ ಎಂದು ಬರೆದು ಕಳಿಸಬೇಕೆಂದಿದ್ದೆ . ಆದರೆ ಜಾನಕಿಯವರು ತುಂಬಾ ಸರಳವಾಗಿ ವಿವರಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

-ನವೀನ್‌, ತುಮಕೂರು.

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ಮಾನ್ಯರೆ,

ಸುಳ್ಳಾಡುವ ಭಾಷೆ ಮತ್ತು ಜಾನಕಿಯ ತರ್ಕ ತುಂಬಾ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿದೆ. ಈ ಲೇಖನದಲ್ಲಿ ಒಳ್ಳೆಯ ಕನ್ನಡ ಇದೆ. ಆದರೆ, ವಿಚಾರಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಕೆಲವು ವೈರುಧ್ಯಗಳಿವೆ. ಇಂಗ್ಲಿಷ್‌ ಮಾತ್ರವಲ್ಲ, ಪ್ರತಿಯಾಂದು ಭಾಷೆಯೂ ತನ್ನದೇ ಆದ ಸುಳ್ಳುಗಳನ್ನು ಹೇಳುತ್ತಲೇ ಇರುತ್ತವೆ. ಈ ಸುಳ್ಳುಗಳನ್ನು ಮೀರಿ ಬೆಳೆಯಲು ಒಂದು ಸಮಾಜ ಹೆಣಗಬೇಕಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲೂ ಅನೇಕ ಸುಳ್ಳುಗಳಿವೆ. ಕೆಲವು ಉದಾಹರಣೆ ಕೊಡುತ್ತೇನೆ :

ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ಕೆಲಸ ದೇವರ ಕೆಲಸ (ವಿಧಾನಸೌಧದ ಶೀರ್ಷಿಕೆ ) ನಿಮ್ಮ ಸಹಾಯಕ್ಕೆ ನಾನು ಚಿರರುಣಿ ( ಕನ್ನಡ ಪತ್ರಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಕಂಡಂತೆ) ತಾಯಿಯೇ ದೇವರು. ( ಆಟೋ ಹಿಂಬದಿಯ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ ) ನಾವೆಲ್ಲ ಕ್ಷೇಮ, ನೀವೂ ಕ್ಷೇಮ ಎಂದು ಭಾವಿಸುತ್ತೇನೆ ( ನೆಂಟರಿಗೆ ಬರೆದ ಪತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ )

ಕೊನೆಯದಾಗಿ : ಎಲ್ಲಾದರೂ ಇರು ಎಂತಾದರೂ ಇರು, ಎಂದೆಂದಿಗೂ ನೀನು ಕನ್ನಡವಾಗಿರು.

- ಪ್ರಸನ್ನ ಕುಮಾರ್‌, ಮೈಸೂರು

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My Dear Friends,

I am not happy about any of this nonsense going on between NRIs and resident kannadigas:(

just a thought....I feel when someone is in better shape than another, it might be a good idea for that person to play down his fortunes a little, just from a human point of view...that might help....I say this coz I can see from very close quarters where the shoe is pinching here in India!!

Now, people here feel touchy becoz it is difficult for them to be broadminded about NRIs when NRIs probably get something (either award, or money or respect..whatever) which they feel they also deserve but never get..but that is the failure of the system here....not the fault of NRIs.

At the same time, if the NRI crowd can make the home-birds understand that they are not really on a high horse, they are only trying to find their roots, and if they stop feeling so touchy for everything commented upon, (ask oneself if the same reaction would be there if someone "there" comments on NRIs achievements??? ) and let them know that they have their own difficulty in their own way, it might really help!!! it takes both hands to do this job!

I still feel its easier for someone in better shape to go that little extra mile to make the underdog understand and appreciate the scene better!

Thanks,

- Jyashree, Bangalore

ಕನ್ನಡ ಮ್ಯಾಟ್ರಿಮೋನಿಯಲ್ಲಿ - ಉಚಿತ ನೋಂದಣಿ !

English summary
Responses to Prof. B.C. Ramachandra Sharma and Dr. U.R. Ananthamurthys statement about contribution of Non-resident Kanndigas

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