The Pinarayi Vijayan government in Kerala is at it again. The state government is doing everything to implement its much-debated order - making Malayalam mandatory in all government schools from June 1 - has upset the Kannadigas, who are minorities in the state.

Kannadigas in Kasargod, Kumble and Manjeshwar have decided to protest against the state government's authoritarian rule on May 23 in front of the deputy commissioner's office in Kasargod. The Kasargod Kannada Samrakshana Samiti held a meeting on Saturday to chalk out the strategies for the protest, reports Kannada Prabha.

Kannadigas are the linguistic minorities in the state spread especially in Kasargod, Kumble, Hosdurg, Uduma and Manjeshwar. In fact, there are people who speak Tulu, Konkani and Marathi too in the region. Considering its proximity to Mangaluru, majority of the people depend on Mangaluru for trade and other essentials.

The Kerala government had promulgated an ordinance in this regard on April 11 to making Malayalam compulsory in all schools up to Class 10. Then too it was received with much opposition by Kannadigas. The Kannada activists have been opposing the Kerala government's attempt to impose Malayalam on the Kannadigas of the border district. The activists argue that the government's attempt is an infringement on the rights of the minority Kannadigas in the state.