Karnataka HC notice on 10-yr-old's petition against compulsory Kannada

Bengaluru, Sep 24 (IANS): The Karnataka High Court has issued notice to the state government in connection with the petition filed by a 10-year-old boy studying in Class 4, questioning the decision to make the Kannada language compulsory.

Keertan Suresh, studying in Bishop Cotton's Boys School in Bengaluru, represented by his mother N. Sujatha, challenged the constitutional validity of the Kannada Language Learning Act, which makes the teaching of Kannada mandatory as a first or secondary language from Class 1 to 10 in all schools including those affiliated to the CBSE and ICSE.

The petition claimed that the Act is harsh, draconian, and discriminatory and also violates the spirit of the Constitution.

Seeking to stop the Karnataka government from implementing Act, 2015 in institutions that teach CBSE and ICSE streams, the plea says: "The law imposes unreasonable restrictions and violates Articles 19 and 30 of the constitution. It does not take into account the student being resettled in the state after the transfer of parents."

The bench, headed by Justice R. Devdas, that took up the case ordered notice be issued to the Karnataka government.


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  • Lngowda, Banglore

    Sun, Sep 26 2021

    If u don't want to learn Kannada so I request to you leave the state because u r belongs to hell ... In my village side students are go to govt school because of Kannada language #we respect Kannada as my mother.. So I request to govt fill the case against them because of unrespected the great Kannada language in Karnataka #jaikarnataka barla_nenamman........

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  • Santosh, Bengaluru

    Sat, Sep 25 2021

    If the family has issues in learning our Kannada language, they can go to some other state where they find peace.

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  • Brodly century, Mumbai

    Sat, Sep 25 2021

    What sort of petition is this? Kannada is the state language of Karnataka. It is the duty of every person who is looking forward to settle down in a state to learn the language of the respective State. This should be implemented by all the states. With this there should be job reservation for the local state people as well. All these things they will do. People will spend lakhs of rupees to learn German, French etc and in India people are against learning state language. Look at Mumbai, no one wants to learn Marathi, ppl say that they need time. How much time? They are ppl settled over and above 8-10 years in Mumbai or Bangalore yet they don't know to speak Marathi in Mumbai or Kannada in Bangalore. Let they do the same thing against Germany let me see. Cause Germany requires everyone to learn German to get job over there. Let these people file a case over there. Not possible right? In India law is much free and ppl are taking it as an advantage to do these type of nonsense. What's wrong in this act? I completely support this act and this should be implemented in all the states. If these type of acts are not passed, then ppl will never attempt to learn a local language. You can see the results now. What's the percentage of people who speak Marathi in Mumbai? What's the percentage of people who speak kannada in Bangalore? Using 10 year old to court to fight against kannada learning act. Pathetic. Absolute Nonsense.

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