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After state leaders protest, PRIDE includes Kannada in virtual language classes list to train MPs, bureaucrats

With strong resentment coming from the section of Karnataka leaders including Karnataka ex-CMs HD Kumaraswamy and Siddaramaiah and also BJP MPs, Parliamentary Research and Training Institute for Democracy in Delhi has now included even Kannada in the virtual language classes list to train MPs and bureaucrats.

After state leaders protest, PRIDE includes Kannada in virtual language classes list to train MPs, bureaucrats-ycb
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Bengaluru, First Published Jun 21, 2021, 1:37 PM IST
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After volleys of criticism alleging central government showing step-motherly treatment towards Kannada language as the Parliamentary Research and Training Institute for Democracy (PRIDE) hadn't included Kannada language in the virtual language classes for all MPs and government officials, the program will now have the Kannada language.

The decision by the Parliamentary Research and Training Institute for Democracy (PRIDE) was changed after state leaders including HD Kumaraswamy, Siddaramaiah and others accused the central government of ignoring Kannada and blamed BJP MPs from the state for doing very little on this issue.

The original decision was to train MPs and government officers in various top posts in six foreign and six Indian languages. The foreign languages selected for training are French, Portuguese, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, German and Indian languages were Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Odia. But now after protests, Kannada has also been included.

From June 22, MPs and governments from different states will be trained in different foreign and Indian languages in a 30-hour virtual program by PRIDE.

"PRIDE has ignored Kannada and has given priority to Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali, Odia, Tamil and Telugu languages. This is the result of sending 25 MPs, who do not have any respect for the Kannada language, to Lok Sabha from the state," Kumaraswamy was quoted as saying as per reports.

This is not the first case of row over Kannada language and also against its culture and symbol. Earlier Google search tool landed in a controversy after it showed disrespect to Kannada by showing it as the 'ugliest language in India'.

A few days later, it was Amazon that created a controversy after the state flag was shown in a demeaning manner after products like 'bra and bikini' featuring the flag and state emblem in cartel list went viral.

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