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People living in Karnataka should learn Kannada: CM

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People living in Karnataka should learn Kannada, said Karnataka chief minister, Siddaramaiah on Wednesday emphasizing that not knowing regional language would mean showing disrespect to it.

“Everyone who lives here is a Kannadiga. Whoever lives in Karnataka should learn Kannada and make their children learn it too,” Siddaramaiah said while speaking at the 62nd Karnataka Rajyotsava celebrated in Bengaluru’s Kanteerava stadium.

“I am not against learning any language. But if you don’t learn Kannada, it means you’re showing disrespect to the language,” he added.

He also asked Kannadigas to be more affectionate towards their state’s language. He stressed on preservation Kannada language, and called for efforts towards creating an atmosphere for learning Kannada. He said all schools in the state should teach Kannada.

CM informed that Karnataka did not do well in making Kannada a priority in the last six decades.