Mysore, Mar. 29 (MTY&DM)- Opposition leader Siddhara-maiah has suggested the non-Kannadigas residing in the State to give prominence to Kannada language and culture.

Speaking after laying the foundation stone for the new Child Day Care Centre building during the inaugural function of Kerala Samajam building in Vijayanagar II stage here yesterday, Siddharamaiah observed that although the mother tongue of Keralites is Malayalam, they are now Kannadigas and part of the State, as they have settled down here.

Kannadigas should honour the language and culture of the State where they wish to settle down. In the same way, non-Kannadigas residing in the State, apart from learning Kannada, should honour its culture, he said.

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Mullapalli Rama-chandran, who spoke after inaugurating the Kerala Samajam Community Hall, called upon the members of Kerala Samajam living in Karnataka to protect the interests of Karnataka and Kannada at all levels. He further exhorted the community to share the same emotional attachment to the State similar to Kerala.

It is commendable that Keralites who have settled down in different States of the country and across the world, besides maintaining their native culture, are living harmoniously with local people.

They are involved in various social activities, upon forming Samajams. Besides, they have displayed unity by celebrating Onam festival together, setting aside caste and religious considerations. Accordingly, they should respond in such a manner that the sentiments of localites are not hurt, to uphold the honour and dignity of Kannada by joining hands with Kannadigas in celebrating Kannada Rajyotsava.

P.M. Narendra Swamy, Minister for Women and Child Welfare, who also addressed the gathering, said that Keralites were rendering useful service in education and health sector both in Kerala and outside the State.

Earlier, Mullapalli Ramachandran, Siddharamaiah, Minister P.M. Narendra Swamy, MP H. Viswanath, MLAs Tanveer Sait, H.S. Shankaralingegowda and M. Sathyanarayana along with other dignitaries were accorded a traditional Kerala welcome.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore