"Six crore Kannadigas should understand that Kannada is like oxygen and one cannot live without it. Buy and read Kannada newspapers to promote the language," said District Minister V. Sreenivasa Prasad here on Friday.

He was speaking after inaugurating the 58th Kannada Rajyotsava celebrations by hoisting the Kannada flag and reciting the 'Nada Geethe' at a function organised by the District Administration at the Kote Anjaneyaswamy temple adjacent to Mysore Palace in city.

Recalling the contributions of many literary personalities and ancient rulers who enriched the language which has a history of over 2,000 years, he said that Kannada should be a part and parcel of daily life and added that electronic media has to play an important role in the growth of the language in the State as their active involvement can go a long way in reviving the interests of Kannada.

Prasad further said that when an extinct language like Hebrew could be revived, it is not hard to develop Kannada language.

Prasad also received a guard of honour from 13 platoons of the KSRP, CAR, DAR, City Police, Women's Police, Home Guards, NCC cadets, Scouts & Guides and Mounted Police amidst the Police band performing "Sare Jahan Se Achcha."

Later, an idol of Goddess Bhuvaneshwari, placed on a flower-decked open jeep was taken in a colourful procession accompanied by cultural troupes and students after offering prayers to Nandi Dhwaja.

The procession which began from the Kote Anjaneyaswamy temple passed through Town Hall, K.R.Circle, Sayyaji Rao Road, Irwin Road and Ashoka Road to culminate at the Town Hall where sweets were distributed by Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA).

Deputy Commissioner C. Shikha, City Police Commissioner Dr. M.A. Saleem and other officials were present.

Tanveer Sait alleges violation of protocol

Meanwhile, Narasimharaja MLA Tanveer Sait has said that he would write to Chief Minister Siddharamaiah that officials of the district are violating protocols and ignoring elected representatives.

Speaking after the Kannada Rajyotsava celebrations organised by the District Administration, he alleged that officials are disrespecting elected representatives by keeping them in the dark about different programmes and added that he would raise the issue during the Assembly session.

He also alleged that officials had not even discussed about scheduling of the programme in which Chief Minister Siddharamaiah will inaugurate the Mini Vidhana Soudha in city on Nov.6 besides keeping him in the dark over the inauguration of a home for the shelter-less in his constituency.

Chamaraja MLA Vasu also shared the opinion of Tanveer Sait when he was critical about the manner in which District In-Charge Minister had expressed his helplessness over the issue.

Prasad clarifies

Meanwhile, District Minister Sreenivasa Prasad has clarified that there had been no violation of protocol by saying, “I have no information about violation of protocols and all the programmes are going on smoothly.”

He also said that a meeting has been convened to discuss any short comings and promised to warn officials if any short comings were found.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore