Ananth Kumar: first person to speak in Kannada at United Nations
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Ananth Kumar: first person to speak in Kannada at United Nations

November 12, 2018

Ananth Kumar was the first person from India to speak in Kannada at the United Nations on 15th of October, 2012. He described his experience thus:

“I had the privilege of speaking at the United Nations headquarters in New York. My experience was made sweeter by the fact that I got to address the UN General Assembly in my beloved Kannada.”

“Before I began my speech, I made it a point to extend my greetings to all those present in my mother-tongue, Kannada!! I said, ‘Honourable President and brothers and sisters from all over the world, good morning to all of you…’  I then continued on how India is very closely committed to global peace and upholding human rights and how it is steadfast in its support for counter-terrorism.”

“Amongst the languages of India that are held in high esteem by the people of India, Kannada has a special significance. It is as old as 2,000 years and is spoken by a population of 38 million,” he had stated.

4 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Ananth Kumar: first person to speak in Kannada at United Nations”

  1. Stranger says:

    There is a minister who talked kannada in UN. But here is a news page named starofmysore. Publishing news in english even though they know that majority of the Mysorieans are kannadigas. Shame Shame shame….

    • Nagarika says:

      Sorry Sir,
      I have to disagree with you. There is a sister paper to Star of Mysore called “Mysuru Mithra” in Kannada. English and Kannada News papers have coexisted for a long time. Are we supposed to stop reading news papers or books in English because Majority of Mysoreans are Kannadigas? It is not mutually exclusive! Your logic is the same one which perpetuates castism in society.

    • Anil says:

      Its amazing…you have so much hatred..though not sure for SOM or English..irrespective of that..I am sure you have been English educated and in case married and with kids they are studying in schools where English is thought..so just be careful for what you wish and if you don’t like English / SOM..please don’t read..than being a educated illiterate.

    • Rao says:

      What kind of logic is this?
      Even I don’t like SOM BJP inclination rather being neutral but ur argument linking it to English is laughable.

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