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Kannada activists protest against the imposition of Hindi in Bengaluru on Hindi Diwas Monday | Photo: ANI

Politicians add to Karnataka’s anti-Hindi drive, actors join in with T-shirt campaign

Former CM H.D. Kumaraswamy calls Hindi Diwas ‘symbol of linguistic arrogance’, while actors insist no language is superior to another in any way.
Alur Venkat Rao | Illustration: Soham Sen

Alur Venkata Rao — one of the first Kannadigas who gave a call for unified Karnataka

Alur Venkata Rao is called the face of 'Karnataka Ekikarana' movement, though many believe several others equally contributed towards unification of the state.
Asif Ghafoor

Why Gen Twitter says ‘no issue’ on being replaced as Pakistan’s DG ISPR by Gen Iftikhar

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.
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Kannada made compulsory in school, anxious Karnataka parents want rules relaxed

While Karnataka passed a law in 2015 requiring schools to teach Kannada as either 1st or 2nd language, govt issued order on 3 January directing schools to follow the law or face action.
Girish Karnad | ANI Photos

Girish Karnad’s last work was an unfinished autobiography in English

Acted in classics Manthan and Malgudi Days, Sahitya Akademi awardee Girish Karnad revisited historical figure in plays such as Tughlaq and Yayati from Mahabharata.
CM Siddaramaiah unveiling the state flag | Twitter

With a flag, Siddaramaiah appeals to Kannada pride and checkmates Modi

The Constitution is silent on states (apart from J&K) having their own flag, and in an election year, the Congress govt is planning to put the Centre in a quandary.
A Namma Metro signboard being repainted

Kannada becomes both hipster and political

Even before the assertion of Kannada pride under Siddaramaiah, non-native speakers started learning the language. But imposition remains a thorny issue.
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Bangalore LitFest – Less about lit, more about fest

The Bangalore Literary Festival doesn't appear to have an organic literary agenda, it seems more like a publisher driven event.
Kannada writers who have been threatened by right wing groups in the past say their critics just want them to remain silent

Our critics just want us to keep quiet – Gauri Lankesh’s fellow travellers

With Gauri Lankesh's murder the room for dialogue and debate is shrinking say Kannada rationalists and thinkers targeted in the past.

Exclusive: Siddaramaiah’s push for state flag is disservice to India’s dignity, integrity and sovereignty — Ananth Kumar

In an exclusive interview to Assistant Editor Pragya Kaushika, Union minister Ananth Kumar lashes out at Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah's demand for a state flag.

On Camera

Cyclists ride along the Venice Beach boardwalk on May 25.

Social distancing or herd immunity? A combination of both needed to contain Covid

The US desperately needs a solid strategy unlike what the Trump administration has in place — doing almost nothing and telling people the disease will go away.

India at the doorstep of economic revival, says RBI governor Shaktikanta Das

Speaking at a book launch, Das said India followed the fiscal expansion path to deal with Covid-related challenges and govt will have to spell out a fiscal roadmap post-Covid.

Defence

File photo of INS Kavaratti | Indian Navy

Navy to commission INS Kavaratti, an indigenously-built warfare stealth corvette tomorrow

Like its predecessors, the new corvette does not have air defence systems than the close-in weapons deployed on board and the Navy is looking at getting new Short Range Air Defence System.
Illustration by Soham Sen

NDA is sacrificial horse as Modi-Shah complete their Ashwamedha & redefine Indian politics

You like Modi-Shah’s new plan, good for you. If you don’t, you will need more than viral tweets to challenge this Ashwamedha.