The letters to the editor of Kannada Prabha carries this epistle from the Kannada writer, Baragur Ramachandrappa (translated):
“I am writing this letter against the backdrop of reports that Infosys chief mentor N.R. Narayana Murthy has been invited to inaugurate the Vishwa Kannada Sammelana (world Kannada conference), to be held in Belgaum from March 10 to 12, 2011.
“If there is any truth to these reports, my humble request is that the honour should instead go to Kannada cultural personalities or to VIPs like the President, prime minister or vice-president.
“I do not have anything personal against Narayana Murthy. He is a Kannadiga entrepreneur and we are justly proud of him. But that is exactly why we must be getting him to inaugurate the global investors’ meet, not the world Kannada conference.
“Outside of his entrepreneurship, what is his contribution to Kannada? Not even a Kannada font has come out of his multinational company. On top of it, he has been a vociferous champion of education in the English medium from the first standard itself. It is to be noted here that learning English and teaching in the English medium are two different things.
“It is also to be remembered that he had lobbied with the S.M. Krishna government to change the State education policy to open English medium schools to help children of his employees, and had even had a discussion with me when I was chairman of the Kannada development authority in this regard.
“Besides, the income-tax department has only just slapped Infosys with a demand for Rs 450 crore for wrongfully claiming tax exemption.
“Instead of Narayana Murthy, the invitation could have been extened to poet laureate G.S. Shivarudrappa, Jnanpith Award winners U.R. Anantha Murthy or Girish Karnad, veterans like Patil Puttappa, D. Javare Gowda or M. Chidananda Murthy, renowned poets like Chandrasekhar Kambar, Chennaveera Kanavi or Nissar Ahmed, etc.
“Or we could have called upon a folklore artiste.
“On the other hand, by calling upon somebody who is just a entrepreneur to inaugurate the Vishwa Kannada Sammelana is an insult to Kannada culture, literature and folklore. If the invitation cannot be revoked at this juncture, it is best Narayana Murthy is invited as a ‘guest’ to the inauguration.”
File photograph: N.R. Narayana Murthy watches and Infosys CEO and MD, ‘Kris‘ Gopalakrishnan, speak at a conference organised by the all India management association, in Bangalore in October 2010 (Karnataka Photo News)
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I have never seen this guy speaking in kannada.., most of the time when he comes on TV ( even in kannada channels) i see him talking in english.
May be SUDHA MURTHY would be an ideal choice, as she has written books in kannada also i guess.
I think NRN is good choice. Next step for kannada is in the electronic world.
He should. Why not? I think it is time the proverbial East and West meet (even though the proverb says they cannot) – “ITBT people” and the saahitis. It is time they exchange views at a platform.
But my fear is that such vociferous outbursts would get NRN to decline even if the organisers dont take back the invitation.
And what stupid views – “just an entrereneur” and “income tax case”. An entrepreneur is not “just” an entrepreneur and the IT (income tax dept) is just wishing and hoping with the case – nothing illegal as of now. If it wins the case, then all IT companies will be slapped with similar case.
Baraguru has included URA but excluded SLBhyrappa. These writers are politicians with pen, better to call NRN :)
Two sides to this : One is that NRN is someone whom we should be proud of; so what if he is an entrepreneur – he is the man initiated the IT revolution which has changed the face of Bangalore and Karnataka.
But at the same time, Baragur has a point when he says NRN should be a guest and not the person opening the event. NRN has done a lot for the state, but he cannot be called an exceptional Kannadiga. Better that Rashtrakavi GSS inaugurates the event with NRN as guest of honour – that will be a non-controversial choice.
Question to Baraguru: Is Kannada only about poets and sahitis?
As soon as I read the news that NRN was invited, I knew some “buddijeevi” would object and Churumuri would promptly publish :)
The organizers should drop NRN and invite Azim Premji. You know, just to trick the “buddijeevis”
UNESCO recommendations are very clear about mother tongue education. We should implement it atleast at the primary school level. Totally agree with Baragur Ramachandrappa. NRN has been at the forefront of “wipe out Indian languages” campaign.
well yes, infy has not given anything to the kannada world. that cannot be denied. so many techies and yet someone else had to come up with Baraha kannada fonts.
for that matter, he’s not really contributed to computer science either. in fact he’s hurt the indian computer science scene, taking in so many bright engineers and giving them nothing but mind-numbing services jobs. no innovation, nothing.
if anything, he’s just a successful businessman. ashte.
hangandre we can call so many more businesspeople who are more successful and who have done more for kannada, alva?
if anything, we should call this guy: http://www.hindu.com/mp/2004/06/09/stories/2004060901060100.htm
Pagan has raised a most relevant question. After all, we had a Kannada Sahithya Sammelana a few weeks ago. This is Vishwa Kannada Sammelana, relating to all aspects of Kannada and the lives of Kannadigas.
Our story tellers, poets, and their critics have long been using culture as capital, telling us poor folks that if we read the literature and watch the movies in our language, miraculously the language will be able to withstand all the onslaughts on it. Nothing can be further from the truth. As long as Kannada has a use for us, we will speak it without ever reading a poem by Bendre or Siddhalingayya. For it to be indispensable, we should be able to say that we can make a living using it in the workplace, as it is indeed done in our rural areas without shedding any tears for it is supposedly impending demise.
We must see the nauseating politics as well. Whoever NRN is, he is a Kannadiga. Advocating an education in English is no crime when our history has made English indispensable and available to us. A Kannadiga who has a decent life because he knows English is better off than one who knows no English and talks about Kannada being an orphan in its own land. Holding the Sammelana Belagavi–Belgaum, we could not prevail upon New Delhi to let us rename it despite having four of our politicians as ministers in New Delhi–is a pointed invitation to the Marathi population of the city to cause trouble. This on top of every bit of preparation looking like a haphazard afterthought. We used to bemoan the state of our miserable native tongue for a month in November and forget about it. Now we do it in March again, spending crores on this foolishness.
We need a new way of thinking about Kannada. If D-grade jobs are all that literate Kannadigas can aspire to, under the KRV’s umbrella, we are doomed indeed.
NRN would be the most recognizable face. That is why he is chosen. Contribution be damned :).
How many people today given the task of inaugarating a function/gathering actually have anything to do with the subject of the meet? A celebrity is the be all and end all of inaugural launchpads. NRN is a celebrity. Period.
Actually a more powerful statement about culture can be made by getting an “outsider” to intiate proceedings. The message that goes out is: Everyone’s welcome.
One should agree to Baragur.
Why Infosys fails to attempt to develop unicode for kannada ?
I too am not sure about the appropriateness of inviting Narayana Murthy to inagurate the Kannada Sammelana. But I don’t think it is a bad move either. It would be interesting to hear what Sri. Murthy has to say about working for the upliftment of Kannada culture in our state. Let’s wait and see. We might get to see a pro-Kannada side of this personality.
Funds for the samhelana come from big corporates like Infy. Our sahitiis with all due respects cannot make any monetary contribution.
I read somewhere that Aishvarya Rai Bachchan will also be invited. Now, what has she done to Kannada or even her mothertongue Tulu?
I wish they dont make the vishva kannada meet another art, culture and literature meet. Let the NRIs who attend be made to know about what they can do to the state, not just the language. Talking about language, would churumuri start a pagein kannada? I would love it.
Agree 100% with Pagan and PTL. These ‘intellectuals’ and ‘Buddhijeevis’ talk as though literature and poems are the bedrock of Kannada, and that the only people suited to represent the language are poets or literary ‘intellectuals’. No one needs to read poetry or listen to ‘intellectual’ speeches to “save Kannada”.
An auto driver from Hassan, a farmer from Mandya, and yes – even a ‘Saaaftware person’ from Bangalore who speaks Kannada in his interactions outside office – such people are the ones who are really “upholding Kannada”.
He is not the ideal choice for inauguration……………….
I hope and pray that Aishwarya continues not to do anything to Kannada. Poor Kannada. What did it ever do to her? :D
I would love to see Sri NRN talk in Kannada – and his proficiency in it – after all, he is a socialist turned Capitalist and a “supposedly” Kannadiga who speaks “only” eloquent English in all his interviews.
Baragur has a point. If it were to be a Vishwa Kannadigara Sammelana, NRN would have been a good choice as he would be for Global Investors Meet too. But this is Vishwa Kannada Sammelana. No, I am not splitting hairs here.
hope he doesn’t make his inaugural speech in ENGLISH….
Considering the fact that the current, corruption obsessed BJP Govt led by Yeddi, has a singular objective of financial gain to a gang of individuals, in every decision and exercise or event, I strong recommend that the Vishwa Kannada Sammelana be inaugurated by either Rajeev Chandrasekhar or Hema Malini.
Both of them are the new found, shamelessly commercial imports to Kannada and can do a wonderful job of delivering the inaugural speech in Malayalam or Tamil, viz., their own mother tongues.
It seems like this blog is founded on “whipping NRN”; not Infosys.
A personal vendetta of some sorts …
And what medium did Bargur’s kids study in? I lived as his neighbor on Reservoir Street, Basavanagudi.
Such hypocrites we have.
Baraguru has/d no objection to Kannada activists burning offices; kannad activists painting someone’s face black; Renukacharya becoming a minister; siddaramaiah slapping the poor assembly marshals; bachchegowda showing his dishum-dishum skills in a road-rage incident; R. Ashoka landing late for a movie and forcing the movie to re-start and so on. All this according to him did no damage to the image of Kannada culture….not even a word from him; now the government has taken a good decision and he is making silly noise about it…one could also ask what is his own contribution to Kannada except writing in a style which no commonman would understand..he was the chairman of Kannada Development Authority during S M Krishna’s time and that’s why perhaps he is giving all the credit to the former chief minister for the IT boom in Karnataka….take up some real issues which will save Kannada mr ramachandrappa
Baraguru says NRN is just an enterpreneur.Do you what it takes to be an enterpreneur like NRN. He has given crores of money to engg colleges in mysore for the developement.He has initiated IT growth in karnataka bcos of which many middle class people got hte hope that if they can study well they can also reach dreams…Why so called “buddijivis” always find fault in society… what buddijivis like anantha murthy and you have doen to society….you have also done many political gimmics to achieve whatever you have achieved…first accept that…
Invite Muthappa Rai!
I think the buddujeevis are going too far.. They would have raised questions if Bendre was invited as that would be a Marathi and we have border problems with Maharashtra.. Ditto with DVG and Kailasam as they were Tamils; Gokak because he studied in Pune and worked in Sangli; Masti was an Iyengar and hence not ‘pure’ kannadiga’.Even kittel would have got the boot!
In fact Kannada is one of the few languages outsiders have fallen in love with and contributed handsomely. Let’s not do this ‘frog in well’ dance over and over. NRN, Aishwarya anybody should be welcome.BTW why do the buddujeevis think only a litterateur should open the Meet? Why not thimmakka who contributed enormously by doing something for environment rather than yap all the time? Are we capable of thinking beyond our borders when we are talking of ‘World Kannada Conference?’!
ಬುದ್ಧಿ ಜೀವಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಬುದ್ಧಿ ಇಲ್ಲ
I heard that more malayalam movies are screened in Infosys campus, Mysore than Kannada. (malayalis are majority there) What a pity. They need land in Mysore, but not kannada. I have never never heard NRN speaking in Kannada so far. Pooja Gandhi is better. She has sincerely tried and learnt Kannada and speaks Kannada in interviews.
It is Vishwa Kannada Sammelana. Not Vishwa Kannada Sahithya Sammelana. Kannada is not the sole property or responsibility of writers alone.
Anybody can inaugurate it. NRN Murthy can also do the honours.
This Baragur once lobbied to inaugurate Mysore Dasara. But, refused to take part in the pooja.
A bogus writer, who talks only nonsense.
Bargur will fall in line once he gets a call from Delhi. If this guy tries to punch above his weight, Nandan will make sure that the fellow will not get his UID.
NRN should open the sammelana, Aishwarya Rai should attend with her entire family Jaya, Sr & Jr. Bachan. This will ensure that half the world will come to know that there is some language called Kannada and there are billionaires & miss worlds who still speak this language.
Yeah why not Umashree or Tara or even Pooja Gandhi?
Baraguru asks, what has NRN done for Kannada to open a Kannada sammelana. Fair question.
But, can we also spare a thought as to what “Kannada Sammelana” has done for Kannada or Kannadigas? What meaningful purpose do these seminars serve other than as a networking events?
Badkobeku has written many factual inaccuracies. For eg,
D R Bendre was born on into a Chitpavan brahmin family at Dharwad in Karnataka. His Grand father was a Dasagranthi (Master of ten volumes of sacred lore) and scholar in Sanskrit classical literature. Dattatreya’s father was also a Sanskrit scholar who died when Dattatreya was only 12 years old. Dattatreya later adopted the pen-name of Ambikatanayadatta which literally means Datta, son of Ambika after his mother who ran a Khanavali or eatery to feed the family. Bendre completed his primary and high school education in Dharwad with his uncle’s help and completed his matriculation in 1913. He joined the Fergusson College, Pune for his higher education. After obtaining his degree Bendre returned to Dharwad and started teaching at Victoria high school. Starting his career as a teacher at Victoria high school in Dharwad, he worked as a professor of Kannada in D.A.V. College Solapur between 1944 and 1956.
DVG was born in the year 1887 in Mulabagilu taluk of Kolar district in the Indian state of Karnataka. DVG completed his primary school education in Kannada in the year 1898. He also attained basic education in English apart from learning Sanskrit on own interest. Later he continued his education in Mysore from the Maharaja high school. Even though DVG did not pass matriculation exam (10th Standard), he had discontinued formal education after matriculation, his essays were selected as chapters for Graduation text books and PhD thesis.
Again, about TP Kailasam,
Kailasam was born in a Tamil family in Southern Karnataka, India, and educated in England. On his return to Karnataka he worked to improve the literary scene there. His life was dedicated to local theater and his contributions revolutionised it. His application of humor to his plays left an everlasting impression on Kannadigas. He opposed the company theatre’s obsession with mythology and stories of royalty and shied away from overloading his plays with music. Instead, he introduced simple, realistic sets. Kailasam chaired the Kannada Sahitya Sammelana held at Chennai, then called Madras, in 1945.
Finally about Maasti,
Masti was born in 1891, at Hongenahalli in Kolar district of Karnataka in a Tamil speaking Sri Vaishnavaite family. He spent his early childhood in Masti village. Due to poverty, he moved from place to place until he obtained a master’s degree in English literature (Arts) in 1914 from Madras University. After joining the Indian Civil Service (Known as the Mysore Civil Service in the days of the Maharaja of Mysore), he held various positions of responsibility in different parts of Karnataka, rising to the rank of District Commissioner. He retired in 1943. A prolific writer, he wrote more than 120 books in Kannada and 17 in English, for over seventy years. He won the Jnanpith Award in 1983 for his novel Chikkavira Rajendra.
Let everyone in this forum know that all these are KANNADIGAS and not go away with wrong information.
Green eyed monster Baragur… :D
You don’t get the irony in Badkobeku’s post, do you? :))
I guess I will leave it to the more enlightened Kannadigas here (I am not) to deliberate on who should and who should not. But reading the report in
makes me wonder why the report is too keen to conclude that readers are in support of Murthy, is it a case of “manufacturing consent” ?
The counter arguments goes that journalists are also people, and not everyone of those is aiming for the Ramnath Goenka award for Journalism of Courage ! (Even if they do, they have to remember that the panel of 11 jury members this year included Narayana Murthy himself. There is no running away from the omni-present and the all powerful, is there ?)
Badkobeku – Could you kindly describe a “pure kannadiga”?! If you consider DVG, Bendre, Kailasam, Masti and others as non-Kannadigas, nijavaglu nimma buddhige badkobeku.
You just proved badkobeku’s point. :)
An auto driver from Hassan, a farmer from Mandya, and yes – even a ‘Saaaftware person’ from Bangalore who speaks Kannada in his interactions outside office – such people are the ones who are really “upholding Kannada”.
ಇದೇ ಆಶಯವನ್ನು ಹೊಂದಿರುವ ನಾನು ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ಕೆಲ ಪತ್ರಿಕಾ ಪ್ರಕಟಣೆಯನ್ನು ನೀಡಿದ್ದೆ. ಒಂದು ಸ್ಥಾನಿಕ ಹಾರೂ ಕನ್ನಡ ಪ್ರಭ ಪತಿಕೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಅದು ಪ್ರಕಟವಾಗಿದೆ. ಮಿತ್ರರೊಬ್ಬರು “ಚುರುಮುರಿಯನ್ನು ” ಪರಿಚಯಿಸಿದರು. ಇಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆಯುವ ಚರ್ಚೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಅದನ್ನು ಸೇರಿದುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇನೆ
ವಿಶ್ವಕನ್ನಡ ಸಮ್ಮೇಳನದ ಉಧ್ಥಾಟನೆಯ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಅಪಸ್ವರದ ಅವಶ್ಯಕತೆ ಇರಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಇಂಪೋಸಿಸ್ ನಾರಾಯಣ ಮೂರ್ತಿಗಳಬಗ್ಗೆ ಸಾಹಿತಿ ಬರಗೂರುರವರು ಅಪಸ್ವರ ಹಾಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಉದ್ಘಾಟನೆಗೆ ಉದ್ಯಮಿ ಬೇಡ ಸಾಹಿತಿಗಳೇ ಇರಲಿ ಎಂದು ಅಗ್ರಹಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.
ಕನ್ನಡ ಎಂದರೆ ಸಾಹಿತಿಗಳ ಸೊತ್ತು ಎಂದು ಭಾವನೆ ಸಾಹಿತಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಮನೆ ಮಾಡಿದೆ. ತಾವೇ ಶ್ರೇಷ್ಟರು ಉಳಿದವರು ಕನಿಷ್ಟರು ಎಂದು ನಂಬಿ ನಂಬಿದುತ್ತ ಬಂದ ಪುರೋಹಿತ ಶಾಯಿಯ ಇನ್ನೊಂದು ರೂಪವೇ ಇದು. ಪುರೋಹಿತ ಶಾಹಿಯನ್ನು ವಿರೋಧಿಸುವ ಬರಗೂರುರವರು ಬರಹಗಾರರೇ ಶ್ರೇಷ್ಟ ಎಂದು ನಂಬಿದ್ದು ಖೇದನೀಯ.
ಸಾಹಿತಿಗಳು, ಕನ್ನಡವನ್ನು ತಾವು ಬದುಕಿಸ್ಸುತ್ತಿದೇವೆ ಎಂಬ ಬ್ರಮೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಇದ್ದಾರೆ. ಆದರೆ, ಕನ್ನಡದಿಂದ ಸಾಹಿತಿಗಳು ಬದುಕುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಎಂಬುದು ವಾಸ್ಥವ. ಕನ್ನಡವಾಗಲಿ ಇತರ ಭಾಷೆಗಳಾಗಲೀ ಬದುಕುವುದು ಬಳಕೆ ದಾರನಿಂದ ಮಾತ್ರ. ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರಿಲ್ಲದಿದ್ದರೆ,ಈ ಸಾಹಿತಿಗಳನ್ನು ಯಾರೂ ಕೇಳುವವರೇ ಇರುತ್ತಿರಲಿಲ್ಲ.
ಕನ್ನಡದ ಸಂಸ್ಕ್ರತಿಯ ವಿಷಯಕ್ಕೆ ಬಂದಾಗೆ ಬರಹಗಾರರಿಗಿಂತ ಜಾನಪದದವರು ಕಡಿಮೆ ಶೇಷ್ಟರಲ್ಲ.. ನಾಟಕ ಸಂಗೀತ ಚಿತ್ರಕಲೆ ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಒಕ್ಕಲು ತನ ಕಮ್ಮಾರಿಕೆ ಮುಂತಾದ ಮೂಲೋದ್ಯೋಗದ ಕಾಯಕದವರೂ ಸಮಾನರು. ಉದ್ಯಮಿಗಳು ಬೇಡವಾದಲ್ಲಿ ಇಂತಹ ಉದ್ಯೋಗಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಒಬ್ಬರನ್ನು ಆರಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳ ಬೇಕಲ್ಲದೇ ಬರಹಗಾರರೇ ಯಾಕಾಗಬೇಕು.?
ಇಂಪೋಸಿಸ್ ನಾರಾಯಣ ಮೂರ್ತಿಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಹೇಳಬೇಕೆಂದರೆ, ಧರ್ಮಸ್ಥಳ ವೀರೇದ್ರ ಹೆಗಡೆಯರು ಹೇಗೆ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಪ್ರತಿಯೊಂದು ವ್ಯಕ್ತಿಗೂ ಪರಚಿತರೋ ಹಾಗೆ ನಾರಾಯಣ ಮೂರ್ತಿಗಳ ಬಗೆಗೆ ಗೊತ್ತಿರುವವರು ಜಗತ್ತಿನಲ್ಲೆಲ್ಲಾ ಇದ್ದಾರೆ. ಅವರಿಂದಾಗಿ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕವು ಜಗತ್ತಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಎದ್ದು ಕಾಣುವಂತಾಗಿದೆ.. ನಾರಾಯಣ ಮೂರ್ತಿಯವರನ್ನು ಹೊರತು ಪಡಿಸಿ ಜಗತ್ತಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಇಷ್ಟು ಪ್ರಕ್ಯಾತರಾದ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರು ಇನ್ನೊಬ್ಬರಿಲ್ಲ.
ಯಾವುದೇ ಸಾಹಿತಿಯಿಂದ ಪ್ರಿಂಟಿಗ ಪ್ರೆಸ್ ನ ಹಾಗೂ ಪ್ರಕಾಶಕನ ಒಂದೆರಡು ಕುಟುಂಬಗಳು ಹೊಟ್ಟೆ ತುಂಬಿಕೊಂಡಿರಬಹುದು. ಆದರೆ ನಾರಾಯಣ ಮೂರ್ತಿಯವರಿಂದ ಲಕ್ಷಾಂತರ. ಕನ್ನಡ ಕುಟುಂಬವು ತಲೆ ಎತ್ತಿ ಗೌರವದಿಂದ ಬಾಳುವಂತಾಗಿದೆ.
ನಾನು ಗೌರವಿಸುವ ಬರೆಗಗಾರರಲ್ಲಿ, ಬರಗೂರರೂ ಒಬ್ಬರು. ಬರಗೂರುರವರೇ ದಯವಿಟ್ಟು ತಮ್ಮ ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯವನ್ನು ಬದಲಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಲಿ ಎಂದು ಈ ಮೂಲಕ ತಮ್ಮನ್ನು ಕೋರುತ್ತೇ ನೆ
NRN has insulted the national anthem few years back.( he insulted India) . Many times he insulted kanndigs earlier .person not ready to give jobs to kannadigas in karnatka has selected for vishwa kannda samelana , it is a great insult to kanndaigs .
Few years back he said playing Indian national anthem many other other guest many feel bad , at we expect that he will not say in Belgam ‘ other language people ( his family members ) many feel bad if he speak kannda .
I completely agree with Badkobeku
ಬೆಳಗಾವಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆಯಲಿರುವ ವಿಶ್ವ ಕನ್ನಡ ಸಮ್ಮೇಳನವನ್ನು ಉದ್ಘಾಟಿಸಲು ಇನ್ ಫೋಸಿಸ್ ನ ನಾರಾಯಣ ಮೂರ್ತಿ “ಅವರನ್ನು ಆಯ್ಕೆ ಮಾಡಿದ ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ಕ್ರಮ ತಪ್ಪೆಂದೂ, ಅವರೊಬ್ಬ ಉದ್ಯಮಿಯೇ ಹೊರತು ಕನ್ನಡಕ್ಕೆ ಅವರ ಕೊಡುಗೆ ಶೂನ್ಯ” ಅಂತಲೂ ಅವರ ಆಯ್ಕೆಯ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಅಪಸ್ವರ ಎದ್ದ ಸುದ್ದಿ ಪತ್ರಿಕೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ,ಟಿವಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ನೋಡಿದೆ. ಅದೇ ಸಮಯಕ್ಕೆ ಕೆಲವು ಪತ್ರಿಕೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ “ಅವರೊಬ್ಬ ಉದ್ಯಮಿ, ಲಕ್ಷಾಂತರ ಜನರಿಗೆ ಉದ್ಯೋಗ ಕೊಟ್ಟಿದ್ದಾರೆ, ಅವರ ಆಯ್ಕೆಯನ್ನು ವಿರೋಧಿಸಿರುವವರು ಕನ್ನಡಕ್ಕೆ ಏನ್ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ?” ಎಂದು ಮೂರ್ತಿ ಅವರ ಆಯ್ಕೆಯನ್ನು ಸಮರ್ಥಿಸುವ ಸುದ್ದಿಯನ್ನು ಕಂಡೆ. ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ಸಮಾಜಕ್ಕೆ ಮೂರ್ತಿ ಅವರ ಕೊಡುಗೆ ಏನೇನು ಇಲ್ಲ ಅನ್ನುವುದು ಎಷ್ಟು ತಪ್ಪೋ, ಮೂರ್ತಿ ಅವರ ಪರವಾಗಿ ಬರೆಯುವ ಆತುರದಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡ, ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಅವರು ಮಾತಾಡಿದ್ದು, ಮಾಡಿದ್ದೆಲ್ಲ ಸರಿ ಅನ್ನುವ ಧೋರಣೆಯೂ ಅಷ್ಟೇ ತಪ್ಪು.
ಮೂರ್ತಿಯವರಿಂದ ಕಲಿಯಬೇಕಾದದ್ದು ಸಾಕಷ್ಟಿದೆ !
ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಸಾಮಾನ್ಯ ಮಧ್ಯಮ ವರ್ಗದ ಕುಟುಂಬದ ಹಿನ್ನೆಲೆಯಿದ್ದರೂ, ಜಾಗತೀಕರಣದ ನಂತರ ತೆರೆದ ಮಾರುಕಟ್ಟೆ ಕೊಡ ಮಾಡುವ ಅವಕಾಶವನ್ನು ಸಮರ್ಥವಾಗಿ ಬಳಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳುವ ಮೂಲಕ, ಪ್ರತಿಭೆ, ಪರಿಶ್ರಮಕ್ಕೆ ಬೆಲೆ ಕೊಡುವ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಯೊಂದನ್ನು ಕಟ್ಟಬಹುದು ಮತ್ತು ಆ ಮೂಲಕ ದೊಡ್ಡ ಮಟ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿ ಕೆಲಸ ಮತ್ತು ಸಂಪತ್ತು ಸೃಷ್ಟಿಸಬಹುದು ಹಾಗೂ ಆ ಮೂಲಕ ದೊಡ್ಡ ಮಟ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿ ಜನರ ಜೀವನದ ಆರ್ಥಿಕ ಮಟ್ಟ ಸುಧಾರಿಸಬಹುದು ಅನ್ನುವುದನ್ನು ತೋರಿಸಿಕೊಟ್ಟ ಶ್ರಮಜೀವಿ ಕನಸುಗಾರರಲ್ಲಿ ಇವರೂ ಒಬ್ಬರು. ಉದ್ಯಮಶೀಲತೆಯ ಅಪಾರ ಕೊರತೆ ಅನುಭವಿಸುತ್ತಿರುವ ಕನ್ನಡನಾಡಿನ ಯುವ ಜನತೆಗೆ ದೊಡ್ಡದಾಗಿ ಯೋಚಿಸುವ, ಕನಸು ಕಾಣುವ, ಆ ಕನಸಿನ ಬೆನ್ನತ್ತಿ ಶ್ರಮ ಪಟ್ಟರೆ ಎಂತಹ ಯಶಸ್ಸು ಸಾಧಿಸಬಹುದು ಅನ್ನುವ ನಂಬಿಕೆಯನ್ನು ಇನ್ ಫೋಸಿಸ್ ನ ಯಶಸ್ಸಿನ ಮೂಲಕ ಬಿತ್ತಿದ ಉದ್ಯಮಿ ನಮ್ಮ ನಾರಾಯಣ ಮೂರ್ತಿಯವರು.
ಅವರ ಶ್ರಮ, ಮುಂದಾಲೋಚನೆ ಅವರಿಗಷ್ಟೇ ಗೆಲುವು ತರಲಿಲ್ಲ. ದೊಡ್ಡ ಮಟ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿ ಐಟಿ ಕ್ರಾಂತಿಗೂ ಅದು ಸ್ಪೂರ್ತಿಯಾಯಿತು. ಲಕ್ಷಗಟ್ಟಲೆ ಜನರಿಗೆ ಉದ್ಯೋಗ ಕಲ್ಪಿಸುವ ಆ ಮೂಲಕ ದೊಡ್ಡ ಮಟ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿ ಅವರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕ ಮಟ್ಟದ ಸುಧಾರಣೆಗೆ ಅದು ಇಂಬು ನೀಡಿತು. ಆದ್ದರಿಂದಲೇ ಇಡೀ ಕನ್ನಡ ಸಮಾಜ ಅವರ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಗೂ, ಅವರಿಗೂ ಎತ್ತರದ ಸ್ಥಾನಮಾನ, ಗೌರವವನ್ನು ಕಲ್ಪಿಸಿತ್ತೆನ್ನಬಹುದು. ಒಬ್ಬ ಉದ್ಯಮಿಯಾಗಿ ಏನ್ ಮಾಡಬಹುದೋ ಅದನ್ನು ಅವರು ಮಾಡಿದರು ಅನ್ನಲು ಅಡ್ಡಿಯಿಲ್ಲ. ಆ ವಿಷಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಅವರಿಗೆ ಸಲ್ಲಬೇಕಾದ ಗೌರವ ಸಲ್ಲಲೂ ಬೇಕು.
ಮೂರ್ತಿ ಅವರಿಗೆ ಅರ್ಥವಾಗದ ಕನ್ನಡ ಸಮಾಜ !
ಒಬ್ಬ ಸಾಹಿತಿ, ನಟ ಹೇಗೆ ತಮ್ಮ ತಮ್ಮ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಾರೋ ಅಂತೆಯೇ ಮೂರ್ತಿಯವರು ತಮ್ಮ ಉದ್ಯಮದಲ್ಲಿ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡಿ ಗುರುತರವಾದದ್ದನ್ನು ಸಾಧಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಅದನ್ನು ಅಷ್ಟಕ್ಕೆ ಸೀಮಿತಗೊಳಿಸಿ ನೋಡಬೇಕು. ಆದರೆ ಯಾರಾದ್ರೂ ಗೆಲುವು ಕಂಡ್ರೆ, ಎಲ್ಲದಕ್ಕೂ ಅವರ ಸಲಹೆ ಕೇಳುವುದು ನಮ್ಮ ಸಮಾಜ, ಸರ್ಕಾರಕ್ಕಂಟಿರುವ ಊನವೆನ್ನಬಹುದು. ಅದರಂತೆ ಅವರ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯ ಯಶಸ್ಸು ಕಂಡ ನಮ್ಮ ಜನ, ನಮ್ಮ ಮಾಧ್ಯಮದವರು ಕನ್ನಡ ನಾಡಿನ ಏಳಿಗೆ, ಭವಿಷ್ಯದ ಬಗ್ಗೆಯೂ ಅವರ ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯ, ಸಲಹೆ ಕೇಳಿದಾಗಲೇ ಕನ್ನಡ ಸಮಾಜವನ್ನು, ಅದರ ಅಗತ್ಯಗಳನ್ನು ಅವರು ಅರ್ಥೈಸಿಕೊಂಡಿರುವ ರೀತಿಯಲ್ಲಿರುವ ತೊಂದರೆ ಎಂತದ್ದು ಅನ್ನುವುದು ಗಮನಕ್ಕೆ ಬಂದಿದ್ದು. ಮೂರ್ತಿಯವರ ಪ್ರಕಾರ ಇಂಗ್ಲಿಷ್ ಒಂದೇ ನಮ್ಮ ನಾಡನ್ನು ಪ್ರಪಂಚದ ಮುಂಚೂಣಿಗೆ ತಂದು ನಿಲ್ಲಿಸಬಲ್ಲಂತದು. ಈ ನಾಡಿಗೆ ಭವಿಷ್ಯ ಬೇಕಾ, ಇಂಗ್ಲಿಷ್ ಅಪ್ಪಿಕೊಳ್ಳಿ ಇಲ್ಲದಿದ್ದರೆ ಉಳಿಗಾಲವಿಲ್ಲ ಅನ್ನುವ ತಪ್ಪು ಧೋರಣೆ ಅವರದ್ದು. “ಕನ್ನಡ ಮಾಧ್ಯಮ ಶಾಲೆಗಳನ್ನೆಲ್ಲ ಮುಚ್ಚಿ, ಇಂಗ್ಲಿಷ್ ಶಾಲೆ ತೆರೆಯಿರಿ” ಜಾಗತೀಕರಣವನ್ನು ಎದುರಿಸಲು ಇಂಗ್ಲಿಷ್ ಒಂದೇ ಸಾಧನ ಅನ್ನುತ್ತ ಜಗತ್ತೇ ಒಪ್ಪಿರುವ ತಾಯ್ನುಡಿ ಶಿಕ್ಷಣದ ಜಾಗದಲ್ಲಿ ಇಂಗ್ಲಿಷ್ ಕಲಿಕಾ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆ ತರುವುದನ್ನು ಬೆಂಬಲಿಸಿ ಕನ್ನಡದ ಮಕ್ಕಳ ಕಲಿಕೆಯ ಈ ದಿನದ ಸವಾಲುಗಳನ್ನು ಅರ್ಥ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಳ್ಳುವಲ್ಲಿ ಸಕತ್ ಆಗೇ ಎಡವಿದರು.
ಕನ್ನಡ ಸಮಾಜವೊಂದೇ ಅಲ್ಲ, ಭಾರತವೆಂಬ ಒಕ್ಕೂಟವೂ ಅವರಿಗರ್ಥವಾಗಿಲ್ಲ !
ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಇವರ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯ ಏಳಿಗೆಗೆ ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ಕೊಡುಗೆ ಕಡಿಮೆಯೇನಲ್ಲ. ಸರ್ಕಾರದಿಂದ ದೊಡ್ಡ ಮಟ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಯೋಜನ ಪಡೆದಿದ್ದರೂ (ನೆಲ, ಜಲ, ತೆರಿಗೆ ವಿನಾಯಿತಿ) ನಗರದ ಮೂಲಭೂತ ಸೌಕರ್ಯ ಸರಿಯಿಲ್ಲ, ಅದರಿಂದ ಅನಾನುಕೂಲವಾಗಿದೆ,, ಆದ್ದರಿಂದ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರನ್ನು ಕೇಂದ್ರಾಡಳಿತ ಪ್ರದೇಶ ಮಾಡಿದರೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಅನುಕೂಲ ಅನ್ನುವ ಧಾಟಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾತನಾಡಿದ್ದು ಮೂರ್ತಿಯವರೇ. ತಮಗೆ ಒಂದಿಷ್ಟು ಅನಾನುಕೂಲವಾಯಿತು ಎಂದು ಬೆಂಗಳೂರನ್ನು ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದಿಂದ ಬೇರ್ಪಡಿಸಿ ಅನ್ನುವುದು ಭಾರತವೆಂಬ ಒಕ್ಕೂಟ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಯನ್ನು ಅರ್ಥ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಂಡವರು ಆಡುವ ಮಾತೇ? ಬೆಂಗಳೂರನ್ನು ಕೇಂದ್ರಕ್ಕೆ ವರ್ಗಾಯಿಸೋ ಬದಲು ಅಮೇರಿಕಕ್ಕೆ ವರ್ಗಾಯಿಸಿದರೆ ಇನ್ನೂ ಒಳ್ಳೆದಲ್ವಾ? ಎಷ್ಟಂದರೂ ಅವರು ಒಳ್ಳೆ ಮೂಲಭೂತ ಸೌಕರ್ಯ ಕಲ್ಪಿಸುವುದರಲ್ಲಿ ಜಗತ್ತಿಗೆ ದೊಡ್ಡವರಲ್ವಾ. ನಮ್ಮ ಆಡಳಿತದಲ್ಲಿ ಒಂದಿಷ್ಟು ತೊಂದರೆ ಇದೆ ಅಂದಾಕ್ಷಣ ಭಾರತದ ಒಕ್ಕೂಟದ ಸ್ವರೂಪವನ್ನೇ ಬದಲಾಯಿಸಿ ಅನ್ನುವವರಿಗೆ ಭಾರತವೆಂಬ ಒಕ್ಕೂಟ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆ ಎಷ್ಟರ ಮಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ಅರ್ಥವಾಗಿದೆ ಅನ್ನಿಸಲ್ವಾ?
ಹೋಗಲಿ, ಇವರ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯಲ್ಲೇ ಕನ್ನಡದ ಸ್ಥಿತಿ ಹೇಗಿದೆ?
ಇವರ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯ ಮಂಗಳೂರು, ಮೈಸೂರು, ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಕೇಂದ್ರಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡ, ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರ ಸ್ಥಿತಿ ಹೇಗಿದೆ? ನಿಜಕ್ಕೂ ಅಷ್ಟೇನು ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿಲ್ಲ ಅಂತಾರೆ ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡುವ ಗೆಳೆಯರು. ಒಂದು ಚಿಕ್ಕ ಕನ್ನಡ ಕಲಿ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮ ಮಾಡುವುದಾಗಿರಬಹುದು, ಇಲ್ಲವೇ ಕನ್ನಡ ರಾಜ್ಯೋತ್ಸವ ಆಚರಿಸುವುದಿರಬಹುದು. ಅಲ್ಲಿನ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರು ಎಷ್ಟು ಕಷ್ಟ ಪಟ್ಟು ದಕ್ಕಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಅನ್ನುವುದನ್ನು ಬಲ್ಲವರೇ ಬಲ್ಲರು. ಯಾಕೆ ಹೀಗಿದೆ? ಇದಕ್ಕೆ ಮೂರ್ತಿಯವರ indifference ಕಾರಣ ಅನ್ನಿಸಲ್ವಾ? ಕನ್ನಡ ಪರವಾಗಿರೋದು ಬೇಡ, ಕೊನೆ ಪಕ್ಷ ಇಂತಹದೊಂದು ಲೆಕ್ಕಕ್ಕಿಲ್ಲ ಅನ್ನುವ ಧೋರಣೆಯನ್ನು ಇವರು ತೋರಿಸದೇ ಇದ್ದಿದ್ದರೆ ಆ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಹಿರಿಯ ಹುದ್ದೆಯಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಪರಭಾಷಿಕರು ಇಂತಹದೊಂದು ಧೋರಣೆ ತೋರಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದರೇ? ಇನ್ಫಿಯ ಮಂಗಳೂರು, ಮೈಸೂರು ಕೇಂದ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ಮಲಯಾಳಿಗಳದ್ದೇ ಕಾರುಭಾರು ಎಂದು ಕೇಳ್ಪಟ್ಟೆ. ಪ್ರತಿಭೆಯೊಂದೇ ಮಾನದಂಡ ಅಂತ ಇವರೆನೋ ಅನ್ನುತ್ತಾರೆ, ಹಾಗಾದ್ರೆ ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರ ಸಂಖ್ಯೆ ತೀರಾ ಕಡಿಮೆ ಇದೆ ಅನ್ನುವುದು ಏನ್ ತೋರಿಸುತ್ತೆ ? ನಮಗೆ ಪ್ರತಿಭೆಯೇ ಇಲ್ಲವೆಂತಲೋ ಇಲ್ಲ ಮಲೆಯಾಳಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಮಾತ್ರ ಪ್ರತಿಭೆ ಇದೆ ಅಂತಲೋ? ಕಾಕತಾಳೀಯವೆಂಬಂತೆ ಈ ಕೇಂದ್ರದ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿನ ಹಿರಿಯ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳು ಮಲೆಯಾಳಿಗಳು ಅಂತಲೂ ಕೇಳ್ಪಟ್ಟೆ :) .
ನಾರಾಯಣ ಮೂರ್ತಿ ಅವರಿಂದ ನಾವು ಕಲಿಯಬೇಕಾದದ್ದು ಬಹಳಷ್ಟಿದೆ ಅನ್ನುವುದು ಎಷ್ಟು ಸರಿಯೋ, ಕಣ್ಣು ಮುಚ್ಚಿ ಅವರನ್ನು ರೋಲ್ ಮಾಡೆಲ್ ಅಂತ ಒಪ್ಪಿಕೊಳ್ಳುವುದು, ಸಮಾಜದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಅವರು ಕೊಡುವ ಟಿಪ್ಪಣಿಯನ್ನು ಪರಿಶೀಲಿಸದೆ ವೇದ ವಾಕ್ಯವೆಂಬಂತೆ ಕಣ್ಣಿಗೊತ್ತಿಕೊಳ್ಳುವುದು ಅಷ್ಟೇ ತಪ್ಪು.
As it is viswa kannada sammelana, he is not the one to inaugurate, there are many person with qualities for it. just because he is international personality should he be called, just he gave employment does mean, just his company is made name international level,hence karanataka, is he not snatcching oppurtunity from other sahitis, will he or governement invite sahitis for IT inauguration, global investor meet you ask what reason would they give, they what a sahiti would do here he becomes a outdated perosn ther, but company owner can do anything. Now the government says it is the celebration of karnataka achievement so they invite him. then what for are they conducting Kannada Sammelana, they could have looked for world famous personlaity.
I wonder who insulted whom! A court decided there was no insult. Playing national anthem instead of singing is so common. I see that in multiplexes in Bangalore, where they play – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_RGzJzhLnE&playnext=1&list=PL6C0AD3A8654D7A8D
People routinely get up, but none sing.
People who want to throw muck at great folks, find some excuse or other.
Read following and decide yourself
Some one who did not allow his company sing National song, because people from other nations would feel bad
one who created economic upheaval by mindless salary to tom dick and harry,
one who committed fraud on entire people of kannada by getting land free /at concessional nominal rate-
one who criticized Deve gowda because he refused to give land-
one Who praised Kumar swamy upon becoming Chief Minister because Kumar swamy agreed to give land
these are his balance sheet let people decide
I fully agree with author’s viewpoint. Murthy may be right to open a global investors meet etc etc not kannada sammelana.
Somebody who has made contributions to the development of Kannada should be invited to inaguarate the sammelana.
Why not a ordinary kannada school teacher instead of all these luminaries?
Kannada school teacher who has spent her/his life teaching kids in Kannada. One way of appreciating their work.
I hope NRN will henceforth remember his Kannada roots and will start working for Kannadigas. Getting a lot of land under Somnalli Kitta helped to kick start Infy and to this alone NRN owes a huge debt of gratitude to Karnataka. What is with the Malayali domination in Mysore Infy? Can we see more posts on this please?
Why no one is asking for the living god, the one and only living ex-PM Kannadiga Devegowda to preside over at the World Kannada Conference? Just wondering…
Perhaps the only Kannada thing Devegowda can remember is “Naagara haave, haavoLu hoove.” Furthermore you never know when his blood sugar reaches exponential heights and have him start cursing namma Lingavantha CM.
Surprisinghly enough, the man is down to chair one of the sessions. I wish I was generous enough to make a note. Let us ask the idolater Manjunath.
NRN to open “Vishwa kannada sammelana” looks like a big joke to me. He never deserved to be part of any Kannada related functions. It’s not just INFY which put Bengaluru in lime-light. Keonics & Electronic city was popular even before INFY started.
Reasons to decline NRN opening Vishwa Kannada Sammelana..
What is the count of Kannadaiga’s in INFY and PROGEON?
Has he any respect for our National Anthem? The one who has no respect to our National Anthem has respect for Naada Geethe? Does he even know the Naada Geethe?
This man passes comments on Kaveri protesters for the public loss but has no words for the life taken in the building mishap at Infy campus?!!
He wanted Central Govt to rule Bengaluru when Karnataka Govt provided all the basic land & infrastructure for INFY…
Finally… do his kids know Kannada?
sick …. !!!!
Mr. NRN, if you are reading this comment or watching any debates on ur topic in the media… Atleast realize now that karnataka people appreciate you so much which you don’t deserve. Don’t forget you are one amongst kannadiga. It’s your time to do something for your mother land.
>It’s your time to do something for your mother land.
Charity begins at home. Please start a company, create employment for 100 people, pay them a decent salary every month, create some wealth, share that wealth with your employees…..
Hope this happens and Infosys will have its own city….
>Playing national anthem instead of singing is so common.
Hope you should have some sense to know the fact before typing some crap…
Fact was, NRN dint want his business delegates to be emabarassed as they dont understand the National Anthem lyrics. So wanted musical version to be played.
Such comments are SICK and he deserves a KICK from every Indian.
Ah nice to see churumuri is still a snakepit of half learned languages, blind hatred and bigotry.
Does Bargur believe that only literature and theatre spreads a language and makes it popular?
How many people who use English and Hindi in their daily lives have read Shakespeare or Hindi literature?
The fact is that a language grows because of common people using it in daily life and not buddijeevis who write in “pure” Kannada which commoners cannot understand.
And any living language does get influenced by other languages. English has grown and become popular not because the English insisted that everyone speak “pure” English. No, it is because English has assimilated words from all languages it comes in contact with.
Kannada fanatics think that the only way to improve Kannada is by imposing heavy taxes on non-Kannada movies ( they cannot compete otherwise), defacing English boards and waving flags.
vks annu nodi, nalidu, kannada naadinalli hutti bandaddu janmaswarthakavayitu