“Fight against the injustice being done to Sanskrit and send a strong message against those opposing the university. If we do not, then we would be overlooking the language,”Note how glibly Kannadigas are accused of doing injustice to Sanskrit, while it (a northern language) has actually been patronized a lot more in Karnataka than anywhere else in South India. After all, what's the big deal if Kannadigas overlook a language which is not local to Karnataka, one which is not spoken in Karnataka, one which exists only in scriptures?
Indeed, why would anybody overlook any language? It is only when that language is perceived to be useless to them, and when it is not their own. Thus, the overlooking of Sanskrit is not due to any concerted effort of an assumed organized opposition but is simply the by-product of Kannadigas' identity and their focus on secular pursuits. If Sanskrit had had what it takes, it would have been where the minister likes it to be.
There are a thousand other languages which Karnataka overlooks, for the reasons above. We can't go on building universities for all those languages, can we?
Truth be told, Mr. Kageri's government in its asinine focus on Sanskrit is overlooking what is a crime to overlook: Kannada, the language of Kannadigas whom his government is expected to represent!
Being the state government of Karnataka, the BJP government's first and foremost focus ought to have been Kannada and not Sanskrit. Sanskrit is merely a language which influenced religious and spiritual literature in Kannada long ago, with negligible influence on the Kannada used for any secular pursuit - such as plain day-to-day usage!
Since democratically elected governments are expected to indulge in secular works such as education, employment, law and order, one expects the government of Karnataka to invest public money in secular projects such as Kannada linguistics - a field which has suffered just too much neglect in the universities of Karnataka. Not siphon off public money to fund private, non-secular and useless pet projects such as Sanskrit universities whose graduates will at best be left dreaming of jobs for which they don't qualify, as if in punishment for having studied a language irrelevant for secular pursuits.
Also, I'd like to remind the minister that Sanskrit has nothing to do with Karnataka's Primary or Secondary education. It's none of your business, Minister! Listen very carefully: it does not take a Sanskrit university to do your job well. In fact, when you talk about a Sanskrit university, you make it public that you have no clue of what your job entails, dear Minister!
Of all things, Primary and Secondary education must be freed from the ills of over-sanskritization, because it is in the early stages of a student's development that his/her mother-tongue plays the most important role. In fact, today's Kannada medium education system is so full of Sanskrit that it has rendered the Kannada medium difficult to Kannadigas themselves (take Vasant's challenge here).
If there is anything the minister has to do, it is to first acquire a clear stream of reason unpolluted by non-secular ideologies, and then to fund research into improving the quality of the Kannada medium education system by taking it closer to the people, not away from.
That would require the courage to question and jettison established superstitions - such as the superstition that Sanskrit can help in the upliftment of Kannada or Kannadigas. It's obvious that Mr. Kageri or his government or his party or its alma-mater (RSS) have no such intentions, because by neglecting Kannada they have shown that it is Kannada which they consider as useless to them, and as not their own.