(G.N.S) Dt. 29
Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa has written a letter to Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, urging him to review the purported move to rename 11 villages in Manjeshwar and Kasaragod taluks, having Kannada names, to Malayalam.
Yediyurappa said the people of Kasaragod — both Kannadigas and Malayalis — have been living in harmony. “It is not appropriate to change the Kannada names of villages which have their own cultural and historical values,” he said.
Kannada and culture minister Arvind Limbavali said a large number of Kannada-speaking people live in these taluks.
“The government should have discussed the matter with residents before taking a unilateral decision. We must oppose the move to protect Kannada culture,” he said. Former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy said: “It’s the duty of Kerala and Karnataka to protect the traditional feelings of Kannadigas living there.”