1. Tipu Sultan row: Girish Karnad’s Jnanpith Award should be taken back, says Ramu

Tipu Sultan row: Girish Karnad’s Jnanpith Award should be taken back, says Ramu

State president of Dr Ambedkar Prachara Samiti, N. Ramu, on Thursday criticised playwright Girish Karnad for his suggestion to rename Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport after 18th century Mysore king Tipu Sultan and demanded action against him.

By: | Published: November 12, 2015 3:20 PM

State president of Dr Ambedkar Prachara Samiti, N. Ramu, on Thursday criticised playwright Girish Karnad for his suggestion to rename Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport after 18th century Mysore king Tipu Sultan and demanded action against him.

Ramu said that people of Karnataka are pained by Girish Karnad’s suggestion and demanded that his Jnanpith Award should be taken back.

“The Bangalore International Airport has been named after Kempegowda long back; now he is saying it should be named after Tipu Sultan. People of Karnataka are pained by it. These writers and literary people are making controversial statements. They are disrupting peace by making such remarks. We demand that case be filed against him,” Ramu told ANI.

“We have lodged a complaint with the police against this statement. We have demanded that his Jnanpith Award should be taken back and that he should be arrested,” he added.

Karnad earlier received a death threat after his suggestion to rename Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport after Tipu Sultan. Girish Karnad had also paid tributes to Tipu Sultan who fought against the British colonial rulers.

Karnad, who participated in ‘Tipu Jayanti’ celebrations, was threatened that he would meet the same end as writer M M Kalburgi, who was killed recently.

Karnad has now demanded immediate action against those who issued death threats and said he would begin a protest if this was not done. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who was on the dais with Karnad when he made the controversial remark, however said the government has no intention to rename the airport and it was Karnad’s personal opinion.

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    mohan
    Nov 12, 2015 at 5:46 pm
    Hegelian dialectic is the tool which manites us into a frenzied circular pattern of thought and action using the formula: A (thesis) versus B (anti-thesis) equals C (synthesis). ie tension created by the synthesis of thesis and anhesis will be useful for those who are fishing out of troubled waters. The British used divide and rule through the media owned by the Western missionaries. Kejriwal started an anhesis(anticorruption) against UPA's thesis. The next step was synthesis by adding a little bit of liberalism and entertainment. But the surprise element was the meteoric rise of Modi from nowhere. The purpose of whitewashing the most hated monster using govt resources is to provocate a section of the potion and thereby create communal violence and finally put the blame on Sangh parivar. The Communal Violence Bill introduced by UPA will give the necessary protection for the minorities and Hindus are always charge sheeted, following the age old policy of Aurangazeb. The positive aspect is that this has provided a forum for discussion about the atrocities of the barbarian king. Nobody discussed about the Tipu Sultan until Sanjay khan's serial was aired through DD. Every time Tipu Sultan's birth anniversary, people are reminded of his cruelties and not glories
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