If the U.S. Needs a Reboot, What Does Karnataka Need?

Of all things the U.S. stands out as a role model for the world, perhaps the first and foremost is the attitude of its thinkers who constantly challenge the status quo, raise the bar on prosperity and well-being, but never, never take their eyes off the basics such as education, teacher-training, basic research and infrastructure.

Thomas L. Friedman, author of the famous book on globalization - The World is Flat - writes in the NY Times:
Because of the financial crisis, Barack Obama has the bipartisan support to spend $1 trillion in stimulus. But we must make certain that every bailout dollar, which we’re borrowing from our kids’ future, is spent wisely.

It has to go into training teachers, educating scientists and engineers, paying for research and building the most productivity-enhancing infrastructure — without building white elephants. Generally, I’d like to see fewer government dollars shoveled out and more creative tax incentives to stimulate the private sector to catalyze new industries and new markets. If we allow this money to be spent on pork, it will be the end of us.
If the U.S. is lacking in things like education and infrastructure, how should we describe the status of Karnataka today? How should we describe the attitude of our thinkers who don't seem to understand the basic fact that education is the best bet for a bright future for Karnataka? How should we describe the attitude of those who think Karnataka can get away by having a handful English-medium schools and English-medium higher-education? How should we describe the attitude of those who think Karnataka has progressed if Bengaluru gets a few IT / BT companies (which are filled with non-Kannadigas!) even if crores of Kannadigas are left wanting for food, clothing and shelter?

If the U.S. needs a reboot, what does Karnataka need? Karnataka doesn't need a reboot or anything because it's not even turned on yet. Karnataka needs her thinkers to reboot themselves so that they can start afresh and focus on the real issue: universalization (as opposed to concentration in English-educated people and areas) of education and infrastructure. They need a reboot so that they can realize the true importance of Kannada in the development of Kannadigas and Karnataka.

For the full NY times article, read: Time to Reboot America. Thomas L. Friedman photo courtesy NY Times.


Anonymous said...

Well Said Guru....Its high time we start thinking in the right direction... but most of our own Kannadigas opposed the Supreme Court verdict of primary education in mother tongue.. lots of these pseudo intellects feel knowing English is everything in life... they dont even hesitate teaching small kids English alphabets much before schooling..at the same time they dont even bother to teach basics of their own mother tongue. Eventually all we would end up having is English bootlicking Kannadigas who struggle even to speak one sentence in their mother tongue... this is already the hard reality.... I am not saying learning english is bad...but fundamentals should be in mother tongue which would automatically make a Kannadiga learn any language with ease.. but the generation we are seeing nowadays seems to follow Jack of All Traits.. Master of None...philosophy..

Kishore said...

I have my own doubts of Kannadigas succeeding in this competitive world. 25 years from now, if kannadigas decide that they should have learnt in Kannada, then they would start kanglish text books then.

50 years from now, we would have brought all science and technology in the then prevailing Kanglish, which happens to be the mother tongue of Kanndigas after 50 years.

75 years from now.. who know world might end. If not then Kanndgias will still keep searching for unity in their own people to implement education in Kannada.

Pessimistic forecast ends working minds resting time.

Anonymous said...

@ Kannadiga,
Why wait for so long...? its already happening in most of the schools in Bengaluru... Schools are teaching Kannada using English...in the sense for any tests/exams questions are asked in English for a Kannada question paper.. these schools it seems claim that parents/students themselves are asking to prepare questions in English as they cannot comprehend questions in Kannada.. dont know what is the use learning kannada like this...? . Its nothing but too much of English boot-licking... its high time fellow kannadigas/state government intervene to make these schools teach kannada properly.

Anonymous said...

These type of schools should be shut down immediately. They are not fit to teach anything to students. Our people still think that their kids will grow up nicely only if they study in ICSE/CBSE schools which do not teach kannada only.

Our government should not give license to the schools which does not teach Kannada. Also they should stop giving option to the students to learn other languages other than Sanskrit. First we should stop 3 language system. In schools and high-schools there should be only two compulsory languages Kannada and English. Even if 3 language system comes they should teach some foreign langauge (Non - Indian language).

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Anonymous said...

First and foremost thing to do is change the education system in our state. Stop teaching hindi to kids in our state. Make it compulsory to have basic written knowledge of Kannada to get any job here. We will soon lose a generation if we dont act fast. Then there will be no one to even comprehend the loss to kannada

Unknown said...

I think we should vote in a govt that can push a bill through that makes advanced kannada compulsory in ICSE and CBSE schools located HERE. The New Horizon ICSE school I grew up in was owned by a northie. Anyone speaking Kannada would be treated like an alien and unfit to be in the school. They would reinforce all that with repeated punishments and all.

When I have kids, I AM NEVER going to endorse a school that smells even slightly of any Anti-Kannada smuggishness.

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