Pro-Kannada outfits Kasaraagod have come out against the Kerala government’s move to make Malayalam mandatory in all schools.
The State government had promulgated an ordinance on April 11 making Malayalam compulsory in all schools up to Class 10.
A resolution adopted at a meeting of the Kannada outfits at Kumbla in Kasaragod decided to launch a strong agitation against the government move to ‘impose’ Malayalam on the students in Kasaragod.
The new language policy of the State government was an attempt to ‘impose’ Malayalam on the Kannadigas of the border district, it said.
The meeting also discussed the impact of the government policy, as well as the future plan of action of the Kannada organisations, a release said here on Thursday.
Plan to meet CM
The meeting, presided over by Karnataka Samithi president Muralidhar Ballukuraya, also decided to take a delegation to meet Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to apprise him of the Constitutional rights of the minority Kannadigas of the border district.
It also decided to approach Revenue Minister and CPI leader E. Chandrasekharan, who represents Kanhangad in Assembly, Kasaragod district, to be part of the delegation.
Kannada activist Purushottam, Kerala unit chief of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat S.V. Bhat, president of the Kerala unit of the Karnataka Janapada Parishat Gopal Shetty and others participated in the meeting, the release said.