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GULBARGA: Having been born and brought up in a Lambani Tanda under a very hostile socio-economic climate, he could have gone unsung had he not taken the challenges of life seriously and fought against all hostilities with grit and determination to become a person of consequence.

Being the eldest in a very poor family of six brothers and three sisters besides the illiterate parents, one can imagine his familial plight due to enormous responsibilities.

His father had to pull the family on a meagre agriculture income from 4 acres of dry land and to make the two ends meet he had to do the ‘coolie’ work. But nothing deterred his son from scaling new heights through the ladder of education.

Dhanasingh Bheemalu Naik had hardly imagined that he would make a mark of his own in academics and literature. Today he has the rare privilege of becoming the President of the two-day Kalaburgi Zilla Sahitya Sammelan, a prestigious literary event, being held here on March 10 and 11, 2007.

The 50 year old Dr D B Naik is the first literate in his family. Having been completed his initial education at Badanihal Tanda for three years, he left for Bhantanur, 4 km away in Jewargi taluk braving the vagaries of nature to pursue his higher education.

Obsessed with the zeal of education, Dhanasingh never missed any opportunity to pursue it come what may. Lambanis may be having very rich tribal culture but till recently they abhored education. Even today they maintain their own cultural identity.

Hard work and dedication has paid him rich dividends. A distinguished Kannada professor at the Insititute of Studies in Kannada, Gulbarga university, Dr Naik has specialisation in folk and tribal culture. He is one of the few authentic resouce persons in the state on Lambani culture. Right now he is the Director of the Prasaranga of the University.

His workoholic nature has invited several unsolicited responsibilities. He has been entrusted with the very sensitive job of Registrar (Evaluation) after the recent transfer of the regular official. ‘‘There is no substitute for hardwork. If one does not work hard, he hardly achieves anything’’ says Dr. Naik.

Having 25 years of experience in teaching and research, Dr Naik has guided seven students for PhD and 11 for MPhil. He has 17 books and research publications to his credit, half a dozen of them pertaining to his own tribe.

The metamorphosis of Dhanasingh Bheemalu Naik into Dr D B Naik should be a standing example for those who take shelter under adversities for their failure to come up the ladder.

Kannada decaying slowly but steadily: Dr. D. B. Naik
GULBARGA: The primacy of and importance given to English language in all walks of life, particularly in education may serve a death blow to the very existence of Kannada in Karnataka, warned Dr D B Naik, president of the two-day 10th Zilla Kannada Sahitya Sammelan on Saturday.

Delivering his presidential address to the largely attended gathering braving scorching sun on the premises of Kannada Bhavan Dr Naik said Kannada was slowly but steadily decaying due to the onslaught of English. ‘‘Kannada has become alien on its own land. About 4,000 languages have already vanished in the world and another 1000 are on the verge exitinction. Kannada is also not an exception,’’ Dr Naik cautioned the rulers and policy makers.

‘‘Thousands of primary schools after obtaining permission to run Kannada medium schools have been clandestinely running English medium schools from years. This is the classic example for liquidation of Kannada by English,’’ Dr Naik said.

Welcoming the decision of the State to teach English as a language from first standard Dr Naik however made fervent appeal to make Kannada as the sole medium of instruction in primary education in Karnataka.

He said there was a need to learn English language in the age of science and technology and globalisation to make our children to meet the challenges of employment market. Dr Naik mooted the idea of starting convent type Kannada medium schools by providing all types of modern infrastructure besides teaching English language in them.

‘‘Kannada shall have primacy everwhere. English should be taught to meet the needs of employment,’’ Dr Naik said adding if education and language policies were not changed in tune with changing needs, one may have to invite a number of problems.

Dr Naik urged the government on the need for speedy implementation of D M Nanjundappa Committee report on regional imbalance on a time bound manner, extending the benefit of Article 371 of the Constitution for speedy development of the backward Hyderabad-Karnataka region, granting classic language status to Kannada at the earliest.

Dr Naik was brought in a colourful procession with a number of cultural troupes performing their art. The sammelan was inaugurated by writer Srikanth Kudige. Immediate past president of the Sammelan Vasant Kushtagi spoke. (With Thanks from

Note: Dr. D. B. Naik is also the author of highly recommended book on Banjaras: "Art and Literature of Banjara Lambanis: A Socio-Cultural Study".