joshi: Simple Kannada test for those who want to become a Ksp member | Hubballi News

Haveri: Pointing out that more than 25,000 members of Kannada Sahitya Parishat (KSP) who were eligible to vote in elections for administrative posts in the literary corps could not read or write Kannada, KSP Chairman Mahesh Joshi said Friday: “We plan to teach these members the basics of Kannada to make sure they can read and write the language. Those wishing to become members of KSP must pass the body’s Kannada exam, which is very easy.
Joshi, interacting with media representatives in Haveri, said the rules stated that anyone aged 18 or over was eligible to apply for KSP membership. “But many KSP members don’t know Kannada. How can we protect and promote Kannada when the members of the literary body itself cannot read and write the language,” Joshi asked.
He said that applicants for membership have to pass a simple Kannada test. With the proposed elections for KSP taluk and hobli board members, a panel of 11 experts including lawyers, retired judges, among others, was formed to submit a report on the amendment to the original KSP bylaws. “It will be implemented once the committee’s report is approved by the executive committee,” Joshi said, adding that the literary body would also introduce a mobile app to help members vote in the upcoming elections.
Disappointed by the letter written by writer Baraguru Ramachandrappa in which Joshi was criticized, the KSP chairman said, “Baraguru is settling an old score with me. It is very painful for me not to consider my work even after being elected president of KSP.
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