Mangaluru: Constitutional recognition eludes Tulu as politicians lack willpower

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Jan 22: Lack of political will among the Tuluva politicians who are in power both at the state and the Centre is responsible for the failure of Tulu to make it to the eighth schedule of the constitution, even though it has been a part and parcel of the daily lives of coastal Karnataka, lifeline of the people and a language that lives in the hearts of Tuluvas.

A total of 22 languages including the five Dravidian languages except Tulu have made it to the eighth schedule of the constitution. 38 languages are in line seeking recognition. The central government has been clinging on to the Pahwa Committee report of 1996 and Sitakant Mahapatra Committee report of 2003 to maintain the status quo. The Centre, which has stuck with the above reports even after 19 years, has also said it is impossible to include Tulu in the eighth schedule practically, administratively and financially.

Union minister of state for home, Nityanand Rai, in reply to a question raised by Kasargod MP Rajmohan Unnithan, clarified that the proposal of including Tulu in the eighth schedule is not before the government. This indicates that it is a long, hard way for Tulu to realize this dream.

Former union minister D V Sadananda Gowda, union minister Shobha Karandlaje, BJP state president Nalin Kumar Kateel, Karnataka minister V Sunil Kumar, former union minister M Veerappa Moily and others have fought their way to the top. If they together use their strong willpower, Tulu will be able to be included in the eighth schedule of the constitution.

Tulu has been taught to willing students in primary and high schools here for the last about a decade. Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy has been popularizing Tulu script and language, with the support of organizations and institutions. But it is evident that the Tuluva politicians from Karnataka are not showing the keenness and interest as exhibited by Kerala government and politicians from Kasargod to win the deserved honour for Tulu language. The Swamijis of the eight Maths in Udupi have been following with the unique tradition of signing in Tulu script.

As per the 2011 census, even though the number of Tuluvas was 18.46 lac, people whose mother tongue is not Tulu also use Tulu in their daily lives. Out of the five Dravidian languages, Tulu alone has been deprived of the legitimate honour it richly deserves. The eagerness of the Tuluvas to see their mother tongue being included in the eighth schedule can only be matched by the politicians if they have the will power to assert their might.

It may be mentioned here that Sanskrit which is spoken by only 24,821 people, and Manipuri spoken by 17.61 lac people, are also part of the eighth schedule. At the same time, there are languages which are spoken by 1.04 crore (Bhilli/Bhilodi), Gondi (29.84 lac), Khandeshi (18.6 lac) and Garo (11.45 lac) which are not in the eighth schedule.






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  • Tilak, Pune

    Sun, Jan 23 2022

    If this topic is taken up properly by the congress, this will make a big Impact on BJP's election result this time in Mangalore/udupi constituancies, they didnt do anything on this subject so far.

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Sun, Jan 23 2022

    tuluvas are best to eat marwai sukka and drink puli kali and involve in saffron induced politics...they does not know their this language will never be included in the eighth schedule

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  • Naveen, Tulunadu

    Sun, Jan 23 2022

    The main problem is, there is no Tulunad state. First we must fight for Tulunad state. Automatically Tulu would become state language and Tulu would become the official language.

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  • Glen, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 23 2022

    I can't understand tulu.

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  • Damodar, Thonse

    Sun, Jan 23 2022

    "During my schooldays in the 1950's my school teacher who was a scholar in Kannada and Tulu used to tell us that Tulu script is used in writing Malayalam." He is correct too.

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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Sun, Jan 23 2022

    Today's Malayalam script is a modification of Tulu script.

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  • Praveen, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 23 2022

    jai modi.....we are electing BJP MP since 1990.......

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  • Kiran Poojary, Bangalore/Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 23 2022

    I don't think any Kannada politicians did any harm to Tulunadu or Tulu Language. But our Tuluva politicians Kisi Kisi Gowda, Oily Moily, Shobha Raani Shikaripura have caused irreparable damage to Tulu Nadu.

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  • sense_shetty, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 23 2022

    The Only Tulu politician who supported Tulu and formed Tulu Academy was Mr Moily.. Our recently elected BJP MPs,Ministers have made zero contribution to Tulu ,,Even in the Parliament a Kerala MP raised his voice for Tulu ,after which our MPs woke up from slumber .. Still no positive results ..Even the academy Appointed Tulu teachers have not got salary and the academy is facing Financial crunch ..all this despite the Culture Minister being a DK person and that too a Billava . The central Govt quick in declaring Tamil as a classical Language impetus to Tamil Language fundamentalist .. from this we conclude that the more fundamentalist and violent you are in your approach ,the govt listens . Tuluvas themselves lack awareness about their own language and have very low self esteem with regards to their own language ..They only know to fear local demigods and gods and eat bangude gassi. Tuluva's themselves are to be blamed .

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  • KRPrabhu, Bangaluru/Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 23 2022

    Name the district as TULUNADU first.It will automatically pave the way for making Tulu as official language of the dist.

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  • mohan prabhu, Mangalore/Ottawa, Canada

    Sun, Jan 23 2022

    Tulu is a beautiful language, my favourite in the 30s and 40s. It is the language of the majority of South Kanara people and is unique to Coastal Karnataka.. It deserves inclusion in the Eighth Schedule so it can become vibrant and attract the younger generation; otherwise it is likely to become vulnerable to extinction. The big Tulu names that our politicians sport are not using their influence to promote the language, which is a shame. Many languages in the Eighth Schedule have no script of their own, so it is not a deterrent not to have its own lipi.

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  • Jeevan, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 22 2022

    I do not know why we are so keen on the Tulu lipi. Do you know that the so called Tulu lipi is almost (I stress on the word ALMOST) the same as the Malayalam script. Any Malayalam knowing person can easily read the so called Tulu lipi. Only two ot three letters are slightly different. For example ಕ is written somewhat differently from Malayalam. During my schooldays in the 1950's my school teacher who was a scholar in Kannada and Tulu used to tell us that Tulu is written in Malayalam script. And now if you use this script, the Malayalees will soon say that Tulu is a dialect of Malayalam and so, Tulu speaking region should be merged with Kerala. This was the same argument used by the Marathis claiming Goa as part of Maharashtra because Konkani is written in the same Nagari script as is Marathi. I would insist on sticking to the Kannada script for practical as well as tactical reasons. Many Scheduled Indian languages use a common script.

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Sun, Jan 23 2022

    Sir, you have got a few things mixed up. The Tulu lipi was in use in the Tulunad area in the tenth century. Later on the Tulu Brahmins were invited by some king to the south (today's Kerala). So slowly (after 15th century) this Tulu script became the normal script used in the (Kerala) region. All the old inscriptions in Kerala are in the "old Tamil" script until about 16th century. So what you call Malayalam script is actually Tulu script developed by the Shivalli Brahmins of Tulunad.

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Sat, Jan 22 2022

    If bjp losses central power, only then our auto elected politicians will find voice.

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