Mangalore, July 28, 2014: Kannada Sahitya Parishat former President Harikrishna Punaroor, Chief guest, speaking at the ‘Tulu Tulipu,’ organised by Tulu Koota, Mangalore, to press for the inclusion of Tulu to the eighth schedule of the Constitution, stressed, " formation of separate Tulunadu state will enable us to stop the industries and projects coming in the region, which pose threat to the environment and people,".
A very urgent need exists to carry out orchastrated effort to press for the inclusion of Tulu in the eighth schedule of the Constitution and to provide constitutional status to the language, Punaroor noted that the voices of elected representatives from the region have not been strong enough to make an impact on the centre, towards providing classical language status to Tulu.
The environment of the region has already been endangered due to the harmful industrialisation and power projects in the twin districts. The projects such as Nethravathi River diversion are against the welfare of the people. A gas pipeline to Chikballapur means that public interest holds no reason for the elected representatives. Efforts are on to implement SEZ and Niddodi thermal power project.
A demand towards the formation of separate Tulu state was made way back in 1952. But, the ruling governments have been neglecting it till date. In 1965, when provinces were formed on the basis of language, Tulu was sidelined and parts of Karnataka went to Kerala. If Goa and Pondicherry can be formed into states, why not Tulunadu? Punaroor questioned. All like minded people should take to the road and fight tooth and nail towards the formation of Tulunadu state, strong signals need to be sent to the government and sensitize it he said.
Regarding the rechristening of D K district as Tulunadu, he stated it will not subscribed to. If the name of the district is changed to Tulunadu, it will support a narrow perspective as the Tulu speaking people are not only confined to D K but a significant number of Tulu speaking population is in Udupi, Kasargod and parts of Chikmagalur districts and so on. Harikrishna Punaroor lamented that the work on the ambitious projects such as Zilla Ranga Mandira and Tulu Bhavana have been hindered owing to lack of political will power and commitment.
Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy President Janaki M Brahmavar, in her inaugural speech said that Tulu Sahitya Academy has been carrying out various works towards enrichment of Tulu literature. Highlighting issues pertaining to the culture of Tulunadu is of great significance in order to earn constitutional status to the language and its inclusion in the eighth schedule of the Constitution.
Tulu folkloristic scholar Ganesh Amin Sankamar delivering the keynote address urged the government to give recognition to Tulu language. One crore Tuluvas should speak in one voice to form a separate Tulunadu state, he urged.
If Tulu is included in the eighth schedule of the Constitution, Tulu language will find place in UPSC examinations and so on, Tulu literature will have an opportunity to bag Jnanpith award, Kendra Sahitya Academy award etc. He feared that negligence of government towards Tulu, will take the language to the verge of extinction, the signs of which are seen now. Tulukoota President Damodar Nisarga presided over the function and who stated that Mangaloreans should make it a point to widely use Tulu in all day to day affairs. The programme was well attended by the common people of the area.