Mangalore: Ensure govt does not take advantage of Tuluvas’ silence: Harikrishna Punaroor

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Mangalore:  State Kannada Sahitya Parishat former president Harikrishna Punaroor expressed concern over the damage caused to Tulunadu through industries and other projects in the name of development. He stressed on the need for Tuluvas to unite and fight for their land, thus ensure that the government does not take advantage of their silence.

He was speaking after inaugurating ‘Bisu Parba’ celebration organised by Tulu Koota at Ravindra Kala Bhavan at University College on Sunday. Using ‘Bisu Parba’ as an opportunity to analyse the situation underlying Tulunadu, Punaroor said that the region is facing a tough time.

The projects like Mangalore Special Economic Zone, UPCL, petrol storage unit at Padur, river diversion will only cause harm to Tulunadu. The damaging process which was started in Dakshina Kannada, has now reached the border of Udupi district and Udupi too will bear the brunt in a near future, he said.

“It is very unfortunate that our land is used for generating electricity and other products, but the fruit of the projects is given to other district, leaving behind only pollution to our people. This could be stopped only if the tolerant people of Tulunadu unite and fight against the industries,” he stated.

He also insisted the parents to speak to the children of this generation in Tulu, if it is their mother tongue, to ensure that Tulu language continues to retain its hold.

Dharmasthala Ratnavarma Heggade awards were conferred upon the first three winners of the play writing contest organised by Tulu Koota on account of Bisu Parba.

Two SSLC and PUC students were felicitated for performing well in the exams. It is for the 27th year that Tulu Koota organised Bisu Parba programme.

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