Thinker and Intellectual Devanooru Mahadeva has declined the Nrupathunga award for Kannada literature, instituted by the Bengaluru Mahanagara Transport Corporation (BMTC).
Stating the above in a letter to Dr. Nalluru Prasad, President of Kannada Sahithya Parishath, Mahadeva expressed gratitude for being chosen for the award and said that he would happily accept the award the very next day the State Government announced the implementation of State language or mother tongue as the medium of instruction in schools from first to tenth standard.
Until then, his conscience would not permit to accept the award, he said and added that he also felt embarrassed to attend pro-Kannada functions organised either by the Parishath or any other organisation advocating for Kannada language.
Dr. Prasad recalled that it had been the dream of poet laureate Kuvempu and litterateur Ha.Ma. Nayak too to enforce Kannada language as the medium of instruction in schools.