Five Languages in Karnataka, Including Tulu Vanishing: Unesco


Five Languages in Karnataka, Including Tulu Vanishing: Unesco

New Delhi, Jul 9 (Agencies): Five languages in Karnataka, including Tulu and Kodava, may vanish due to fast dwindling of number of its users, a Unesco study has warned.  
 
According to Unesco’s Atlas of World’s Languages in Danger, the other Karnataka tongues that are at risk of extinction are Koraga, Kuruba and Irula. The world body has listed a total of 196 Indian languages as endangered, including eight in South India, of which five are from Karnataka. Unesco treats all these languages as “vulnerable”.

Unesco, which recently conducted a worldwide survey on endangered languages, has cautioned that unless the concerned authorities take immediate steps, “these languages may vanish by the end of this century”. Unesco also emphasised that efforts should be made by communities, which speak these languages, to preserve them to maintain cultural diversity.

Kodava, which is also called Coorgi, is spoken mainly in Kodagu district. According to the 2001 census, the total number of Kodava speakers are 166,187, compared to 1,22,000 in the 1997 census.

Tulu, which is spoken in Udupi, Dakshina Kannada, Kasargod and the Western Ghats had 17,22,768 speakers as per the 2001 census, compared to 19,49,000 in the 1997 census, the Unesco report said. Irula is spoken in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala and is spoken by 2,00,000 people. Koraga, which is spoken in Karnataka’s southern parts, Kerala and Tamil Nadu is considered a critically endangered language with just 16,665 speakers as per the 1981 census. Identified as another vanishing language, Kuruba is spoken in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and parts of Tamil Nadu. There are only 14,613 Kuruba speakers, according to the 2001 census.

The report says that half of the 6,700 languages spoken in the world today are in danger of disappearing before the century ends. The Unesco’s Endangered Languages Programme mobilises international cooperation to focus attention on this “grave situation” and helps promote innovative solutions from communities, experts and authorities.

As languages are also primary vehicles of cultural expressions and intangible cultural heritage, essential to the identity of individuals and groups, safeguarding endangered tongues was crucial in maintaining cultural diversity worldwide, the report said.

The issue figured in Parliament too as Union Minister of State for the Human Resources Development D Purandeshwari said in her written reply in Rajya Saba that the Centre has been taking steps to preserve and develop minor Indian languages in association with state governments.

  

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  • Ruchika Bhandary, Nallur Village , Karkala Taluk.

    Sat, Jun 26 2021

    Tulu was the lingua franca of erstwhile south canara, even the older generation konkanas and Manglorean catholics spoke fluent Tulu. In late 90s and early 2000s we could get away with knowing Tulu in Mangalore market and Udupi district but now I see a lot of them start their conversation in kannada. I also see that the newer generation only know kannada staying in Manglore and dont know tulu nor do they make an effort to learn it. Instead of asking people to learn kannada Tulu should be pushed forward to save it from vanishing.

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  • Deevith, Moodbidri

    Sat, Nov 11 2017

    We should take protective measures to our tulu language. Not only by speaking educational system should think about its native language

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  • VIJAY KUMAR, puttur. nehru nagar.padoor vill

    Wed, Apr 08 2015

    Tulu bashed ethina samskriti maryade preeti bethe ovu bashedla ejji i luv tulu iluv tulunad

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  • Santosh K.Rao, Kudla

    Mon, Feb 08 2010

    Tulu language has been founded since over 800 years. Yet since Tulu is woven in the cultural heritage of the tulunadu region, it could not be wiped out. Its the oldest of 5 Dravidian Languages of South India. Mangalore is the oldest cosmopolitan port town since nearly 2,500 years as an important sea trading point with pre Islamic Moplas from the African subcontinent. Cambridge university houses a parchment scroll with a Tulu Farm Song written in holley kannada.

    Its the oldest recorded document of any language of indian origin. Bappanadu Biary Temple [now called Durgaprmeshwari Temple] in Mulky, Mangalur, is the few instance of a Muslim building a Hindu Temple. Legend has it that one of his Dhows hit a rock at sea and blood came oozing out. He vowed to build a temple on the adjoining land. The house of Bappanadu still exists, and the ritual of giving the first prasaada to that house is still carried out. Hindu revivalism after the downfall of jainism 2500 years ago and then budhhism 2000 years ago and recently a 1000 years ago could not affect the bhoota puja & kolas & aliya_santana system of this region. It therefore exists in synergy with the local traditions. It is sad to see that the children of the present generation, living outside, are not being taught their mother tongue. Kannada is the mother tongue of 30% of Karnataka State forcing a inferiority complex for tuluvas. Very Grateful that the Vishwa Tulu Sammelan was recently held in Dharmastala.

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  • Prabhu, Mangalore

    Sun, Jul 12 2009

    Every language gets is in the path of extinction and its nativeness getting distorted. Even in Kannada, we forget some native words and instead we get a word easily from English. Schools force them to speak in English and put fine if spoken in mother tongue. The Badaga and Bheary is not even listed here.

    The revival of language needs to be nurtured from home then to the locality to feel the presence. We need to get rid of Hindi and instead make all these languages an optional subject and encourage it along with Kannada and English. We can preserve the Dravidian culture and maintain a brotherhood with Tulu, Kannada and English alone.

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  • Godwin Mendonca, Mudarangadi/Dubai

    Sat, Jul 11 2009

    Today tulu is vanishing why? because new generation dont know tulu language properly.if someone staying in mumbai, they know marati well but not the tulu. Specialy tulu is mother toungue of hindus in south karnataka, but they dont know tulu properly. just think how much we speak tulu? teach tulu to your new generation,

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  • heerachand, mangalore

    Sat, Jul 11 2009

    Thank you UNESCO for the report.Anyone who is interested in saving perishing TULU language can contact me heerachand@in.com or 9243342335. As a TULUVA,join hands together to save TULU.

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  • Shridhara Achar, Puttur/ Bangalore

    Sat, Jul 11 2009

    O enna devere, indu enchina suddi marayere. Tuluveru enklu tulu basedu patherna kammi maalthi bokka ee paristhiti bydundu. Our Tulu which is one of the five Dravidian languages, has got rich cultural heritage. We must strive for preserving and encouraging Tulu language and the rich tradition.We have Tulu Academy sponsored by Govt of Karntaka. We have a Tuluva in Mr.Veerappa Moily who is a minister at centre.Both MPs of Mangalore and Udupi are Tuluvas. Will these leaders take a lead to protect Tulu language and all of us,Tuluvas should cooperate.Balle marayere.

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  • Balakrishna Shetty, Yellur, Udupi/Dubai

    Fri, Jul 10 2009

    There is only one way to save Tulu. Claim a separate State "Tulu Nadu" not by hating other language but with sincere motive to save Tulu by self governance.

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  • GURUPRASAD C SHETTY, KUDLA/ABU DHABI

    Fri, Jul 10 2009

    YENKU ONTHE ONTHE TULU BARPUNDU,THIS IS THE SENTENCE WHICH MOST OF THE DUBAI PEOPLE USE WHEN SPEAKING TO THEM IN TULU.

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  • Paranath Sathe, Karkala / Mumbai

    Fri, Jul 10 2009

    Yenchina maraayre nama tulu patherodu. Yedde ullera, unaas anda. We should speak in tulu language & maintain tulu language. Tulu is the mother tongue atleast in Udupi,Dakshina Kannada, Kasargod, Karwar. Jai Ho Tulu.

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  • shalini salian, mangalore

    Fri, Jul 10 2009

    oh god. please dont allow tulu language to perish from mangalore. All tulu speaking people please awaken before it is too late.

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  • Damodar Samani, Thonse

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    Yes I do agree the situation is quite grave. But unfortunately instead of we ourselves realizing this fact UNO had to forewarn us this is what is coming on us pretty soon. If you visit Wikipedia it says us this: “Tulu is a Dravidian language of India with nearly Three million speakers, known as Tuluvas. It is one of the oldest language born almost during the same time when Tamil & Prakrit was born.[2] Most Tuluvas live in the districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi in the west of the state of Karnataka. It is also spoken in the Kasaragod taluk of Kerala. There are a sizeable number of Tuluvas in the gulf as well as in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra. The original written script of the language, adapted from the Grantha Script, from which the present day Malayalam script is also adapted, is rarely used today. Since the beginning of the twentieth century, it has mostly been written in the modified Kannada script.”[3] “Grantha script (Malayalam: ഗ്രന്ഥലിപി, grantha meaning "book" or "manuscript") is an ancient script that was prevalent in South India.” Considering our present day mind set it is not far off that this forecast becoming true. I am sure now endangered Tulu will become extinct sooner than UNO has predicted i.e. if we do not act now. To illustrate this fact I will give you a couple of examples. You go to any shop or pharmacy or hotel in Udupi or Mangalore and ask for something in Tulu. What you get in reply is in Kannada. Which means, according to me, we tuluvas (not our Tulu soft Jackfruit) consider speaking Tulu is bellow our standard/ dignity or rather you speak Tulu because you are illiterate!!! Likewise in Bangalore whilst in a rickshaw if you converse with your kin in your language the driver thinks that you are an alien from outer space. They all know how Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, north Indian and English sounds. But unfortunately they can’t make out from which planet the speaker of this particular language is from. Such is the situation in the capital of Kannada Nadu i.e. Karnataka. I had experienced this during our recent short stay of 11 months in Bangalore. God help Tuluvas in Karnataka. Our rulers just stole our train from Mangalore and some one is trying to steal Mangalore itself from us as they know it is easy. They stole Kasaragode from us without even us knowing about it. Wake up tuluvas and let us all together united and first and foremost forgetting our party politics do some thing about it real fast. By the way what our distinguished Law Minister who happens to be a tuluva, Minister of State for Statistics & Programme Implementation and also both our local M. Ps whose mother tounge is Tulu if I am not mistaken is doing in Delhi on our behalf us? They must be busy helping interested people rob our trains and invade further down north!!!

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  • AJAY PRASAD, Delhi

    Tue, Jul 27 2021

    Who are the Tulu speaking ministers, MLAs and MPs currently? Is Tulu Academy publishing any magazine and organizing any workshops?

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  • Balakrishna Shetty, Yellur, Udupi/Dubai

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    Ammanannu ''Appa'' yennuvavaru, Appanannu ''Amma'' yennuvavaru mattu Benkiyannu ''Thooo'' yennuvavaru Thuluvaru. Haha!

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  • Mohammed Mansoor, Kudla / Dubai

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    To Daiji World, Warad onji article tulut nikulu publish malpod. Voice mailed publish maltenda yedde. Best pandenda tulu FM radio channel.

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  • sathish, kudla

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    Its seen a lot of non tuluvas in support for this language. Gr8! & thanks for all from a TULUVA. Need all your help Bro''rs to keep up this language.

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  • A.D''Cunah Shenoy, Mangaluru

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    Tulu, Konkani, and many languages are dying because we are busy with English. Can we revive Tulu, Konkani and other vanishing languages of India. It is upto us. Tulu yenkelna bashe marayere.

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  • peter lewis, kalmady/k s a

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    Enna tulunaada ANNANAKULEY, AKKANAKULEY nama jokuleg tulu bhashen kalpavod pandud enna vinanthi. Solmelu.

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  • ibrahim A.Muloor, Muloor/Dammam

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    We all should be united to save such a beautful language.Our MPs and MLAs should push the government to provide finance allocation to this purpose.

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  • Dayanand Bangera, Abu Dhabi / Abu Dhabi

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    Unesco should do census all over the world. Their numbers will turn around. Those who collect this data do their job at home for money. I do not agree with this report. Those who know tulu, everyone speaks.

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  • Brahamanda, ujjire

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    - Tulu script was apparently the mother of Malayalam and tamil and is supposed to be older than two languages. The demise of Tulu started with the introduction of the print media. The Missionary who had the funds and access to this media at that point used Kannada and malayalam to print the holy books so that they could have a better coverage. That is why you will see scriptures for konkani using kannada or malayalam script. Tulu lost it ground. Recently there was a suggestion to have tulu as an optional language and there was a lot of opposition from people stating that it is not important and there is no career. " http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=54773 ". In my opionion, it was the missionary''s personal agenda that started the tulu downfall. - Today, I see a lot of folks supporting it''s survival. I find it to be condescending. - Without support from the university, or funds for research these languages will never survive, especially when people are moving and newer folks come in. This is exactly why when we move out, we tend to stick to the local language and forget our mother tongue. One cannot blame the parents for not teaching the language to the children. No one would want to do that to a tongue that they are used to. It is just a natural death. - The only way for a language to survive is for the local university to have a department and have continued research and documentation. If there was an option course that is offered as feeds or distant learning, I would not mind paying the full fee and getting a diploma and I am sure anyone would do it for their mother tongue.

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  • sampath sakaleshapura ,

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    tulu onji edda bhaaShe.tulu paatarle. yankala tulu gottijji. But still I like that language. Because it is musical and sweet."balle yeru chaa parth popundu." "untule yaan barpe."

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  • Balakrishna T.Shetty, Mangalore/Riyadh/Palladakody

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    Mainly Tulu language is a Mother tongue of Bunts, Billavas, Mogaveeras, kulas etc… and our Christian and Muslim brothers Mother tongues are Konkani and Malayam, urdu respectively at our Dakshina kannada. But our Christian and Muslim brothers are talking Tulu better than above mentioned all Tuluvas. Because, they are still maintaining our beautiful Language and culture of our native place, TULUNADU. And our original Tuluvas are not encouraging to their children to learn TULU from their childhood. They are teaching only Hindi and English.

    Because they feel speaking in English is the way to gain more respect. Then how can save our beautiful Tulu language, so please think about all our Tuluva parents and save our Mother tongue.

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  • Ganesh Rai, Coorg / Sharjah

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    Who Speaks & Respects Tulu Language, they can only save the Tulu Language. Which parents are not teaching their own mother tongue to their children. It shows their weakness.

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  • Romeo Lobo, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    Dear all my Tulu brothern come out from dirty politics and politician unite together and keep our TULU LANGUAGE AND TULU NAD intact. Work together for the Prosparity of our beautiful Place and Language - We should feel always proud to speak TULU LANGUAGE.

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  • lancy m, mangalore/dubai

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    oh! my god forgive tham thay dont know in heaven konkani& tulu language is must to worship god .

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  • Rolando gomes, Udupi

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    The rapidly changing world will have its effects and we cannot do anything as we are also part of this change. preserving a language is good but how do you do it, recently the christians of managlore managed to make konkani as an optional language in schools when in fact Tulu should have been promoted as all christians , muslims and hindus speak tulu.

    This partisan thinking to promote individual cultures/lanuages does not forebode well to our region.just like Latin many languages and cultures will disappear.

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  • Nasrulla, UDUPI/DUBAI

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    Tulu is beautiful language but no one can stop this language 100%sure (Jai Tulu/Jai Udupi/Jai karnataka)

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  • Reyan, FARWANIA

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    As a Daiji reader and commenter let us all comment to our next articles in TULU only... Thank God Konkani is not included in the list!!

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  • Anand Shetty, Mangalore, KSA

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    I agree with the comments of most of the readers that it is the modern parents are not encouraging thier children to learn TULU from thier childhood. For eg. my communities settled in Bombay (in Majority), 75% of the second generation children do not know tulu.

    Even this trend is developing with Tulu speaking people in Gulf and in native place. However so-much has been done for preserving this language by our intelectuals and the Government. For eg. I have 2 volumes of Tulu dictionary (Tulu Nighantu- Tulu- Kannada - English) which is having 1030 pages covering vowels- Uu to Dha.

    This is published by "Rashtrakavi Govind Pai Samshodhana Kendra", Udupi. The total volumes of this dictionery is 5 I believe, having more than 2000 pages, which is equalent to any famous English Dictionery. What is my request to the people whose mother tongue is tulu, must compulsarily teach tulu to their children so-that this language will exist.

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  • sathish, kudla/Amsterdam

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    Seperate South Canara /Udupi and Kodagu from Karnataka ...then their language will survive as it will become thier new state language, OR else it will be full of kannada of Karnataka.See govt. intentions on Kannanda medium schools. Ofcouse english influence is also there , but if compared to kannada its seen a lot of lower cast Hindus (my own friends)whose parents are TULUVas have changed their childerns mothertongue as KANNADA in school records as well as their homes.

    This is only because of the mass influence of the state language in public places and these parents are unaware that they are slowing killing their mother tongue. Also our kannada government is never allowing TULU to be an optional language in school atleast for the region where it belongs to. I guess they are scared in case if the people start everything in TULU (READ AND WRITE/DISPLAY) then they may come out of Karnataka and ask for the seperate state.Moreover it will be difficult for the outsiders to settle in mangalore when everything is in TULU as if we go to kerala or tamilnadu its diifcult for us to manage there. OUR USELESS MP''S AND MLA''S are an UTTER WASTE to do something in this matter. Really happy to see that our konkani brothers are being supportive of TULU while i see no Kannadigas. JAI TULUNAD

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  • Sanil, Kallianpur/Dubai

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    Don’t worry guys this is only a speculation, who is UNESCO to predict about tulu language?

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  • Jawar D''Souza, M''lore/Doha

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    I was under the impression that Tulu was spoken from Kasargod upto Cundapur, and it is having a huge population, we should make coastal area upto Karwar Tulu as a official medium of conversation, so that it can be saved.Its better to make a Tulunadu.

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  • Harold D''cunha, Mangalore, India

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    Tulu is beautiful language and to a great extent agree with Raj, Dubai comments. But why so much panic. The problem with our Mangalorean people to a great extent is are we proud of our mother longue and local language. Our children study in English medium, watch English, Hindi movies and TV serials where as majority children communicate in Tulu. Even I find Tulu is used only in fish market, veg,/meat vendors. Now a days even neighbors start speaking in English as if they forgotten the Tulu language. Tulu language has united coastal Karnataka people irrespective of caste, religion, creed and let’s protect this language. But harmony & unity amongst people should prevail like before.

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  • Anand Dsilva, Dubai

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    Like Konkans are aggressively promoting Konkani through songs, literature, drama etc...I suggest Tulu community to come together to do something similar. Many Tulu speaking community living in Mumbai are for strange reasons conversing with their children in Hindi. This must be reversed. One of the easiest methods to save Tulu is to introduce it atleast for one year in primary class perhaps not as a compulsory subject but maybe as a fun class (to gain knowledge of additional language and encourage its use) Dying of a language is dying of a culture. We can never let this happen.

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  • Abraham Coutinho, Mundkur/Bombay

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    The language which is not a medium of school instructions and which is not Govt. Administration is going to lose it''s importance and deminish slowly over a period of time. That''s what has happened to Tulu, Koraga, Kuruba, Kodava etc languages. Sad part for Tulu is, still the Religious Rites - Pooja Vidhis - in temple continue in Samskrit. People sing veneration hyms at home in Kannada. Tulu remained only spoken language without use of script. Mr. Lloyd D''Souza, Dubai, now your question. Though your mother tongue is Konkani,you speak Tulu with friends. Same thing is with me. The answere for that is - we, in Goa were the converted lot from Hinduism to Christianity and then migrated to south with Changed Religion but with the original Konkani Mother tongue which we still maintained at home and also in Church for Mass & Prayers, what is called " Maintaining "Originality" or "Cultural Identity". While in South, say Mangalore/Udupi the Tulu is the language of the land which was necessary for us to learn. We learnt it and we speak fluently. This is "mixture of culture" or what is sociologically called "Assimilation of Culture" for us. Only the culture has mixed but the purity of Konkani and Tulu are maintained separately. Two languages are not mixed. We all know Tulu. While all Tulu speakers do not know Konkani. We adopted Tulu for our need because, we came from outside while they are the people of the land and it is not necessary for them to learn Konkani. Like we learnt Marathi in Bombay or you learnt Arabic in Gulf. You can observe one thing in Bangalore, the Aiyanger Brahmin''s younger generation speak Kannada at home among brothers and sisters but while they speak with their grand mother, they speak in Tamil. The same thing is with us also, we among brother & sisters, friends may speak Tulu but not with Parents. You know that. observed?

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  • Munna, Bejai

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    Mr.Jhon, Mangalore...your saying Mangaloreans cannot live without Tulu.....I agree ....but for that Mangaloreans need to stay in Mangalore

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  • John Tauro, Mangalore / Kuwait

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    I remember having read a few years back that ancient Tulu had its own script, which was later modified and adopted by Malayalam. Therefore, first of all measures must be taken to revive the Tulu script in order to preserve and maintain the identity of the language, just as Hebrew was saved from extinction.

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  • Sunil D''Souza, Mangalore / Qatar

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    It is very sad news, It is very difficult to understand why people are hesitate to speak their mother tongue dear friends let us speak our mother tongue and save our beautiful languages.

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  • K Prakash Shetty, mangalore/dubai

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    TULU NAASHA AAYARE SAADHYA IJJI MAARAYRE.NAMMA TULU PAATHERUNA JANAKKULU EDEE WORLD DE SPREAD AAD ULLER AVEN MAATHA LEKKA MALTHNDA TULU BHASHEDA BHAANDAVYA YEITH STRONG UNDUNDU ENNILE.NAMMA TULUKKU BAAKI LANGUAGEDA LEKA NEER MAITHD SAANKUNA AGATHYA IJJI AVU NAMMA JANAKKLNA THINPINA NUPPUDALKA DETHONUNA USIRDA LEKA UDALDA ULAYI SAYRD POTHUND.AVU NAMMA JEEVA.MAHAPRALAYA AIYNETTALA ALIYAND.DADA PANAPAR NIKLU....

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  • jagdish Naryana Bajpe, bajpe, UAE

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    Dear Readers, Be honest with ourself first. do we teach or talk tulu with our kids. No because we feel speaking in english is the way to gain more respect. We mix lot of language with tulu. Its blend of different languages. I think sloweley but surely tulu will vanish because of our culture adaption nature. We all together refrain this beautiful Tulu can be salvaged, We need to work collectively. We should not feel shy to communicated in tulu with Tulunadu people. Jai Tulunnadu

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur,Puttur/Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    Tulu baari onji yedde cheepeda baashe. Enk patereyara baari khushi aapunu. Maatra yenna tulu aathogi sari yejji. Even though I try to speak. I don’t think tulu will be a dying language. There are scores of tulu speakers spread all over the globe.

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  • jemiayr, kuwait

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    Exactly Nageshanna ,today we need to put more stress on our children to speak tulu atleast in home.Governament has to setup tulu academy and grant sufficient funds so that lot many tulu cultural programmes are arranged in villages and city and people are given the free shows of yakshagana ,tulu drama.ATleast with this we can give the taste of tulu language to the existing generationn.

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  • fairoze, puttur

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    tulu is passion for all mangloreans so it will not vanish

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  • S.Dhooma, Mulki

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    it''s mistake of parents..who are not implementing tulu language on childrens while talking at home.. they themselves talk in hindi/english which they think..will present themselves in higher status.. it''s mistake our''s why should we blame on western culture..we are using only tulu language to use bad language in the midst of non-tulu speaking persons...

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  • balanna, Kudla

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    It is in the hands of thuluvas too to save the language. I have seen a number of thulu speaking parents who speak in kannada with children. There are people who think it will affect their prestige if they speak tulu. My request to thulu speaking people is be proud of thulu.

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  • ravishet, manglore/qatar

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    Dear jai ho nagesh nayak,dont be flamboyant. Practise before you preach

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  • Parvez, Mangalore / Riyadh

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    I speak 7 languages but the tulu is my most favourite language. I request Tulu Parishattu to do something to save our beautiful language. "Enchina Maraaya"

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  • Edward, Mangalore/Dubai

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    Tulu, is the language we still converse in, and is still widely used. More-over its a language which bonds the Mangaloreans. We should do something to promote it.

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  • Jaya Shetty, Karkala/Dubai

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    Very sad news.Our MP,s and MLA,s please come forward take some steps for saving our beautiful language Tulu.Jai TULUNADU.

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  • roland,

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    Firstly we need to speak Tulu at home with our children

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  • Lloyd Dsouza, Dubai

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    Our mother tongue is Konkani but outside with friends we usually speak tulu everyday, so even in Dubai we speak tulu & Konkani with our friends, so why this is happening

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  • Wilfred, Mangalore/AUH

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    I assume,the 70% of the daijiworld readers are from south canara area and are can encourage ourselves to our families, kids,friends and the fellow communities to use Tulu as a medium of communication.This is a beautiful langauge filled with lot of calture and heritage.A neibhouiring state language is been strongly ruitening in Mangalore through students and business activites,secondly communial tensions between inter religions are the mais cause of downfall of Tulu.We need to start a "Save Tulu"campaign.

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  • Jhon, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    Tulu is beautiful language and will never be vanished. Mangaloreans cannot live without Tulu.

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  • Raj, Dubai

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    It''s really sad to know that our wonderful tulu language is under trouble........for this we should blame ourself not others....we are responsible for this matter.......wake up Tuluvas.

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  • nagesh nayak, bangalore

    Thu, Jul 09 2009

    YENCHINA MARAAYRE NAMA TULU PATHERODU. YEDDE ULLERA, UNAAS ANDA . WE SHOULD SPEAK TULU & MAINTAIN TULU LANGUAGE HAS MOTHER TOUNGE ATLEAST IN UDUPI,DK,KASRGOD,KARWAR.JAI HO TULU.

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  • Fayaz sheikh, M''lore, Kuwait

    Wed, Jul 08 2009

    We should all come forward and save our beautiful language TULU.

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