We keep harping on about our identity and ethnic pride and are arrogant enough to look down on all other forms of human life.
But what have we as a people done to actually achieve it? Our forefathers lived a certain way, we dress and profess our heritage in their style, we have a certain build and our reputation built on that. Today, the world knows us as inhabitants of the Great Western Ghats. We are spoken of as a beautiful race of martial people with a unique culture. And coffee.
Without a distinct and complete language, which forms the ramparts of any culture, how can we fortify this grand legacy?
We speak kodavathakk and write in Kannada. Others, fascinated foreigners mainly, have tried to form a script on an anglovernacular basis. It was a grand scheme then and a valiant effort - something that came to nothing much more. And it still was not entirely unique.
Since then, we have 'one of our own', a spectacu…