Udupi, Sep 09, 2016: It is reported that Vishwesha Tirtha Swami of Paryaya Pejawar Mutt, speaking after welcoming a chariot (ratha) spreading awareness on the ‘Vishwa Tuluvere Aayano’ (World Tulu Conference) to be held at Badiadka near Kasaragod from December 9 to 13. He later flagged off the chariot near Rajangana on Sept 7, Wednesday he stressed that harmony among all languages goes a long way in protecting culture.
The seer went on to say that everyone should be proud of their language. But people should shun a parochial approach on the issue. “It is essential that all languages coexist peacefully with one another,” he said. The seer said that Kannada is the administrative language of Karnataka. But Tulu is considered the lingua franca of Tulunadu, comprising Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Kasaragod districts. “People in Udupi and Dakshina Kannada should consider Kannada as their mother and Tulu as their father, and love and respect both equally,” he said.
A wide variety of languages are spoken in Tulunadu, including Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Beary, Konkani, Kundagannada, Aregannada, Havyaka Kannada and Kodava. There should space for all cultures and people linked with he region.