The democratisation of ownership of Kannada

Has the creation of a united Karnataka damaged the multi-lingual character of the Kannada sensibility? Not so, writes
M.S. Prabhakara, the Kannadiga who was The Hindu‘s Guwahati correspondent before being posted to South Africa, in a column in today’s issue of the paper:

“The resentment over the influx of non-Kannadigas, and anxieties that the native Kannada speakers are being reduced to an irrelevant minority—as they are very nearly so in Bangalore—is now more or less a given in popular discourse. This was not always so.

“Areas across the borders of present day Karnataka inhabited by Kannada speakers were once part of the Kannada country and are even now claimed for Karnataka. The reverse too is true….

“If in pre-integration days the Kannada sensibility was enriched by the cross-fertilisation with cultures of Telugu and Tamil as well as Marathi, some Urdu and the minor languages of coastal Karnataka (and vice-versa), seen at its best in the culture of folk literature the popular cinema, post 1956 the Kannada sensibility has been enriched by forces that were till recently dormant, powerless.”

Read the full column here: Who owns Kannada?