The anti-Hindi agitation fails to die down, as the members of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV) blackened words written in Hindi on the signboard outside Yeswanthpur metro station.
In their quest to register their stern remonstration, members took up the task of blackening the Hindi words written on almost all metro stations, including Jaynagar, Peenya, Deepanjali Nagar, Mysore Road, and Yashwanthpura metro stations.
Its not just Hindi, but English too has faced the heat of pro-Kannada activists in Karnataka earlier. On July 6, the KRV had defaced English and Hindi signage of a restaurant in a mall near Bengaluru’s Eco tech park.
After the anti-Hindi Twitter campaign, #NammaMetroHindiBeda (‘Our Metro, We don’t want Hindi’), Hindi words on the signboards of two Metro stations – Chickpete and Majestic – were covered with paper and taped on July 3. Both these metro boards were in Kannada, English and Hindi.
Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah has made his support the anti-Hindi brigade amply vocal and has asked the officials to find out what policy was followed in non-Hindi states like Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, etc.
Following the Chief Minister’s directive, the Kannada Development Authority on July 4 had issued issued notice to the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) and sought an explanation on the usage of three-language policy.
Parties like Karnataka’s Janata Dal (Secular) and Tamil Nadu’s Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham (DMK) have constantly criticized the Centre for ‘imposing’ Hindi language in their respective states.
Tamil Nadu had witnessed a similar protest when DMK acting president M.K. Stalin threatened to begin an anti-Hindi agitation after milestones marked in Hindi on Tamil Nadu highways.