According to the 2011 census, the number of Kannada speakers in India is 43.7 million
Ground Report | New Delhi: Kannada, the language of the majority population in the southern state of Karnataka, was on Thursday described by search engine Google as ‘India’s ugliest language’. The Kannada speakers were so outraged that the state government even issued a legal notice to Google. However, Google later apologized for the “mistake.”
The controversy started when Google was asked about ‘India’s most vulgar language’ and the answer was ‘Kannada’ and someone posted the answer on social media, which went viral.
Google’s blatant mistake has drawn condemnation from all quarters. In Karnataka, which is ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party, all political parties have risen above party lines to condemn the US technology company.
Karnataka Minister for Counter and Culture Aravind Limbavali said a legal notice would be sent to Google to tarnish the image of the beautiful language. “The Kannada language has a proud history of its own,” he said. It has existed for more than two and a half thousand years. This language has been a source of pride for the Kannada people for centuries. “
Aravind Limbavali also demanded an immediate apology from Google for “insulting Kannada” in a tweet.
Opposition party Janata Dal-Secular leader and former state chief minister HD Kumaraswamy also took to Twitter to criticize Google for its “insulting” response to the Kannada language. “Why is Google so irresponsible?” He asked, referring to the language.
PC Mohan, a BJP MP from the Central Parliamentary constituency in Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka, also criticized Google and apologized. Sharing a screenshot of Google’s response on his Twitter handle, he wrote that Karnataka has been the foundation of the great Vijayanagara Empire and has been the great cultural tradition of the Kannada language. Its past is glorious and its culture is unique.
He added, “ Kannada is one of the oldest languages in the world. Its great intellectuals, born in the fourteenth century, wrote historical epic poems long before Jeffrey Chaucer.
Kannada is one of the oldest languages
Kannada is one of the oldest languages in the world. It is also one of the 30 most spoken languages in the world. Kannada has the status of a classical language. It is one of the six classical languages of India and is one of the twenty-two languages enshrined in the Indian Constitution.
According to the 2011 census, the number of Kannada speakers in India is 43.7 million. Apart from India, there are also Kannada-speaking people in Australia, the United States, and Canada. According to one estimate, Kannada is spoken in twenty different dialects.