Unified efforts needed for classical status for Kannada:Moily

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Udupi, Karnataka, Dec 13 (UNI) Central Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC) Chairman and former Karnataka Chief Minister M Veerappa Moily today called upon writers, politicians and Kannada experts to project a strong unified view on Kannada securing a classical language tag.

There was need for exerting collective pressure upon the Union Government to declare Kannada a Classical language he said while presiding over a session at the Kannada Sahitya Sammelan here Mr Moily said in view of the divergent views expressed by a cross section of the people, no resolution could passed or debated on the important issue of classical status to Kannada. He said whereas the World Tamil Conference during the period of then Chief Minister M G Ramachandran could resolve the strong demand for classical status to Tamil language and with the untired efforts by the tamil scholars and continued pressure by politicians from the state, Tamil got the classical status as well before Sanskrit language.

He said that he had also held discussions with the concerned union minister,the president and the members of the committee set by the union government to go into the demand for classical status to Kannada. He expressed his confidence that the centre would take a favourable decision soon on the demands by Karnataka. "We, the politicians are only the voice of the people and the unity and strong demand should come from people, prominent personalities and Kannada associations such as Kannada Sahitya Parishat (KSP), he said.

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