The Karnataka government’s decision to allocate Rs 324 crore for the construction of a Sanskrit university on the outskirts of Bengaluru continues to face opposition. Several pro-Kannada organizations and hundreds of independent activists have taken to social media platforms to oppose the move. They claim that the government is trying to impose Sanskrit and Hindi at a time when the people of Karnataka are already learning three languages.
Many described the move as a brutal move by the BJP government to give Sanskrit special treatment at the expense of the state language Kannada, posting tweets using the hashtags “NoToSanskritUniversity” and “NotoSanskrit”.
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One tweet user urged the government to withdraw its decision:
Another user said:
This time from Kannada people ✌️Rise of Linguistic of every Indian union state can only save their language#SayNoToSanskrit
— (@vignesh_viki11) January 16, 2022
Another user said, “The state government should first look at the problems of hundreds of Kannada, Kannadigara and Karnataka issues.”
Another user also tweeted:
The #NotoSanskritUniversity Twitter campaign has gotten more than 50,000 tweets in the past few days. However, the Karnataka government, defending its decision, has claimed that it will not shun Sanskrit, as previously reported by News18. People opposing the movement have claimed that if the government does not reverse its decision, they will launch a statewide agitation. The said Sanskrit University will be located in Magadi taluk on the outskirts of the state capital.
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