It was a fine Thursday morning – 10 am. I was waiting near Krupanidhi Engineering College Signal on Sarjapur Road on my two-wheeler. Many girls were holding some pamphlets on road safety and traffic rules, and were distributing them to motorists. When a girl approached me with a pamphlet, I saw the content was purely in Kannada and I asked “English?”
She probably realised that the pamphlet that was in Kannada can’t reach everyone. Then, she rudely shouted: “When you are in Karnataka, you will have to learn Kannada!”
The question that came to my mind is, whether we should be proud that we are Indian, or should we bother about our states too. I am not asking this just because of the above incident, but I have seen it many times.
We feel proud justifiably, when we live in a state where we are born and we know our mother tongue well. But does this mean that one who does not know the language is not a patriotic or concerned about the state? Many of us study English in school and college, and work for MNC companies that offer work visits aboard. Does this mean those who work abroad are not patriots or concerned about their state or country?
Instead of dividing the state in the name of religion, community or language, we should unite. We should not forget “United we stand, divided we fall.”
About myself: I have my roots in Karnataka, but born and brought up in Kerala. I can speak English, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil and Kannada, but I can write only English, Hindi and Malayalam.