Karnataka government just amended the Karnataka Industrial Employment Standing orders, giving itself power to invoke the law so that Kannadigas are prioritised for employment even in the private sector. For some time, BBMP has mandated that the display boards of establishments in Bengaluru should have at least 60 percent Kannada. And thus, the outsider vs insider debate continues.
The general perception is that increasing numbers of Bengaluru residents don’t know Kannada. But in the 2011 Census, nearly half of Bengalureans listed Kannada as their mother tongue while only less than five percent mentioned Hindi as their first language. In fact, in the last few years, there’s an increasing trend of non-Kannadigas in Bengaluru trying to learn Kannada. And many options exist for this now.
But while it’s important for newcomers to at least try to learn the language, Kannadigas should also understand that the former would face communication challenges.
To truly belong to a city, to connect with all its citizens, speaking the local language is essential. And it’s not really difficult! So if you are new to Kannada, do check out the many options to learn the language.
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