Search Engine Apologizes For ‘Worst Language’ Debacle After Karnataka Does It
Type ‘worst language’ into the Google search bar, and the results currently show the total of the last 24 hours of a virtual battle in which Kannada-speaking netizens got angry, apologize and take one for shown as results for the same precisely 24 hours ago.
However, twenty hours ago, a screenshot of the result on google that went viral caused outrage, even as the government recorded a ‘result’ that showed Kannada as the ugliest language in India.
As the protests began to rise, Google removed the result and issued an apology.
Karnataka’s Minister for Kannada and Culture Aravind Limbavali tweeted, saying the case would be filed against Google for displaying the state language in a very bad light. “The Kannada language has its own history, having its existence 2,500 years ago,” the minister said and added that the language has been the pride of the Kannadigas throughout time.
On political lines, the state requested a correction and expressed opposition to the search results. Former Prime Minister HD Kumaraswamy also expressed frustration over the issue, asking why it takes so much outrage for Google to ensure that such results are not shown in searches.
“Not just Kannada, no language is ugly. All languages are beautiful. Language is an emotional issue. Language abuse is excruciating. Therefore, Google must be careful in this mater. The site that abused Kannada can be removed But what a relief the pain caused to Kannadigas, ”Kumaraswamy tweeted.
“The history of Kannada started in Ramayana & Mahabharata. The glory and legacy of Vijayanagara Empire, the Kingdom of Sri Krishna Devaraya is praised by the world till now. How can @Google be so irresponsibly destructive Kannada, with 43M native speakers?. ”asked MP Shobha Karandlaje while adding the hashtag #QueenOfAllLanguages which started to trend.
Hundreds of Kannadigas began to greet Kannada as one of the oldest languages and the one that Vinoba Bhave called the ‘Queen of All Languages’.