The column ‘Hennolanota’, with Rupa Hassan as editor, ran for a year from March 8th 2018 to March 8th 2019 in Andolana, a local Kannada daily in Mysore. Every Tuesday we were witness to a Kannada woman writer exploring issues of gender at various intersections. This column will continue but Rupa Hassan will no longer work at editing it.
A few months ago I wrote for this column on feminist solidarity. It was incredible working with Rupa as editor. For the first time I had an editor invested in the work as much as me, guiding me in the writing process. In many ways this column has been feminist solidarity at work with so many women from so many different parts of the state of Karnataka writing about so many different things within the larger framework of negotiating patriarchal structures in everyday living.
This article is a translation of Rupa Hassan’s article published in Samyukta Karnataka on 30th December 2018. The English translation was published on Countercurrents. Reproduced here:
What We Need Are Kannada Schools Not Sammelanas: Rupa Hassan
Our Akhila Bharata Sahitya Sammelana is an annually
occurring lavish ritual literally like a school annual day celebration. This
time it’s being observed in Dharwad. The expenditure for these Sammelanas has
been increasing by the crores, year after year. It was 8 crores for the
Sammelana held in Mysore last year, 7 plus crores for the one before that in
Shravanabelagola and this year it is estimated to be around 12 crores.
Kannada Sahitya Parishat occupies the distinguished position
of being an organisation that is representative of Kannadigas.The protection,
development and promotion of Kannada language and literature, art, culture and
folk practices has been declared in the rules [bylaws] as the primary objective
of the Sahitya Parishat. In order to realise this objective, together with
organising conventions, literary festivals, state festivals, lectures, seminars
etc an important aim is to undertake the work of establishing and encouraging Kannada
schools as well as literacy campaigns.