Globalize or die. No third option.

It has become a fashion to blame the world (read: globalization) for the underachievement of Kannadigas. Some Kannadigas fly Emirates all the way from the Bengaluru airport built mainly by Germans, go to Doha on an aircraft built in the USA, obtain funds for the ticket from people from Karnataka in Qatar, enjoy Italian Coffee served by French-lipstick laden Arabic air-hostesses, eat Punjabi food on the plane, and at the first opportunity to speak to an assembled audience, claim at the top of their voice in Kannada using a microphone made in China:
As a result of globalization, our culture and the growth of our language is likely to face setbacks.
What crap! It's not globalization which creates setbacks for the Kannada language or Kannadiga culture. What does is impotency. What does is not having the courage, never-say-die attitude and the killer-instinct required to rise and shine in a competitive environment.

The great kings of the Vijayanagara Empire - under whom Kannada and Kannada culture shone brighter than ever before or after - never complained like this, did they? They even went to the extent of exchanging travelers, craftsmen and businessmen between Hampi and Lisbon (for e.g.) so that they could make the most of what's already known in the wide, wide world. Why didn't they complain like some do now of globalization? Simple: because they had the courage, never-say-die attitude and the killer-instinct required to rise and shine in a competitive world, and at the same time the required patriotism and scientific outlook towards Kannada language and culture.

Even now, we Kannadigas have two and only two choices: either acquire what it takes to rise and shine in a globalized world, or just enter our graves with bowed heads. The option of justifying impotency just doesn't exist.

And yes, acquiring what it takes to rise and shine in a globalized world is something Kannadigas as a People can achieve only with Kannada. To merely "manage to get up" and "exist", English will suffice until American universities invent accurate text-to-speech (TTS), speech-to-text (STT) and improve the quality of artificial intelligence (AI) systems. That's just round the corner, and when that happens, we'll have to just drop the telephone receivers, return home and go back to sleep forever. Unless Kannadigas make those inventions - we mean those little Kannadiga children with innocent smiles scattered all over Karnataka, with running noses, wearing torn knickers or skirts, with legs colored with the soil of this land, and speaking that ancient tongue called Kannada - there's no hope of survival.

And yes, they can't make those inventions if you cut their mother-tongue and try to attach a different one. Children with a cut mother-tongue bleed silently, helplessly, profusely. They bleed pure Kannadiga blood, blood that has the strength to conquer the whole globalized world. Let's not waste that blood. Let's not tell our children the lie that their blood is weak, so weak that one tiny world can give it "setbacks". Let's not cut away their mother-tongue. Let's not tell our children the lie that their mother-tongue is weak and needs a transplant, so weak that one tiny world can give it "setbacks".

7 comments:

dandapinda said...

Teach the wrong meaning of globalization and what happens is what we are seeing. There are certain things which global companies like Nokia, Toyota which understand and appreciate the need for the language and bring out products in that language.

Why would Yahoo or Google or Nokia phones introduce Kannada interface if it was unnecessary? They understand the meaning of Globalization better than our backyard lie preaching misguided Entrepreneurs.

Well said!! It is rather impotency to stand up and question the reason for this imperialism.

Anonymous said...

Are they (those in the picture) really Kannada children? They look like Tamil children too or even rather more like Tamil children. Is there any way to differentiate between the two, ofcourse, other than watching them speak a language?

Regards

Ramanna said...

Anonymous,

Your question is actually irrelevant. But the answer is: just by looking at them, you can't distinguish between Kannadiga children and Tamil children from two adjoining districts separated by an inter-state border. Facial features don't change that drastically from place to place.

Anonymous said...

"The option of justifying impotency just doesn't exist"

No Kannadiga WANT to justify the inablity. This is something embedded in the system & Kannadiga is a victim. There is a strong urge now to come out of the shackles. When the change does arrive it will do lot of good to Kannadigas Confidence. I am sure that the change is not too far.

Anonymous said...

@Ramanna

Do you mean that children in the interior districts/areas across the states or in the far end of the borders will look so different that it is easy to identify them as Kannadiga or Tamil?

Regards

Ramanna said...

Anonymous,

The further away the children (or even adults) live from each other, the easier it is to identify their mother tongues based on facial characteristics. I haven't personally done any research on this, but this is my belief. For example, it's easy to tell the difference between a Punjabi kid and a Kannadiga kid. It's difficult (or even impossible) to tell the difference between a Punjabi kid and a Hariyanvi kid.

I also do not rule out the possibility of facial characteristics of Kannadigas which are common all over Karnataka and distinctly different from other states.

I can identify a Telugu person purely based on the structure of his/her nose - the success rate is decently high.

Anonymous said...

Well said.. we just should stop blaming the system and say that the 'others' will not allow us to grow..."nobody gives it to you, you just have to grab it". It is a competitive world out there..prepare yourself for the race.. and i appreciate the comments abt the call centres.... i mean with so much of intelligence and rich culture why should we settle as 'slaves' in the call centres answering those idiotic questions asked by the westerners. All of us must start thinking beyond beyond english...there is something out there in this world beyond learning english...

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