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Indian-born Canadian MP delivers a speech in Kannada in Parliament, wins hearts

By wasmulhaq 
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Bengaluru: Mother tongue always remains in the mind and heart of every individual. People can forget anything, but not their mother tongue, because it is an integral part of everyone’s life.

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An MP from Canada, Chandra Arya, spoke in his native Kannada language in the Canadian parliament. His speech quickly went viral on social media, with thousands of people sharing their thoughts and sparking a debate about the value of native language.

“I spoke in my mother tongue (first language) Kannada in the Canadian parliament. This beautiful language has a long history and is spoken by about 50 million people. “This is the first time Kannada is spoken in any parliament in the world outside of India,” Chandra Arya, the MP from Nepean in Ontario, said in a post on
Twitter.

While speaking in Parliament, he expressed his pleasure to be able to speak in his mother tongue, Kannada, in the Canadian Parliament. He called it a proud moment for the five crore Kannadigas living in Canada.

He concluded with lines from a song written by poet Kuvempu and sung by Dr Rajkumar, which said, “Wherever you are, however you are, be a Kannadiga always.”

Dr. CN Ashwathnaraya, Karnataka’s higher education minister, shared the video and praised the Canadian MP for speaking in Kannada in Parliament.

Chandra Arya was elected to the Canadian Parliament for the first time in 2015 and again in 2019 for the second time.

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