Mumbai: Take Back Jnanpith Award from Kambara: Thackeray

Mumbai: Take Back Jnanpith Award from Kambara: Thackeray

Mumbai, Nov 24 (PTI):
Lashing out at Kannada writer Chandrashekara Kambara for his ''anti-Marathi'' remarks, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray today demanded that the Jnanpith committee should take back the prestigious award given to him.

"Kambara has said that Marathi-speaking populace in border areas (of Karnataka) was born only to create chaos. He has also said that if Marathi people in these areas want education in Marathi medium, they should move to Maharashtra," Thackeray said in an editorial in the party mouthpiece 'Saamana'.

"On behalf of the eight crore Marathi people in Maharashtra, we demand that the Jnanpith committee take back the award from him," the Sena chief said. Thackeray reminded Kambara that lakhs of people from Karnataka were engaged in industry and business in Mumbai and rest of Maharashtra. "In fact, the Udupis control the hotel business here. What will happen if we ask all these people to return to their (native) state?" he asked.

"Kambara should remember that language is nobody's enemy. Doyens like Girish Karnad, Dr Shivaram Karanth, U R Ananthamurthy, Bhimsen Joshi and Gangubai Hangal have ruled over Marathi minds," the Sena patriarch said.

Thackeray's comments came after the Karnataka government, angered by the "anti-Kannada acts" of some pro-Marathi councillors, slapped a show-cause notice on the Belgaum City Corporation asking it to reply in two weeks as to why action should not be initiated to dissolve it.

Incidents hurting the sentiments of the people have been "continuously happening" in the Corporation, Karnataka Law and Parliamentary Affairs and Urban Development Minister, S Suresh Kumar has said.

Seventeen councillors had on October 29 opposed a resolution to congratulate Kambara claiming he made a statement favouring teaching in Kannada medium and "created pandemonium" to block it, the Minister had noted.

Earlier this month, the Karnataka government issued a show-cause notice to Belgaum city mayor Manda Balekundri and her deputy Renu Killekar for taking part in the 'black day' rally organised by the Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti on Rajyotsava Day on November 1 and showing disrespect to Kambara.


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  • SAYED KALEEM, Udupi/Dubai

    Sat, Nov 26 2011

    Buddha satiyaa gaya hai.

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  • ilyas hussain, mangalore

    Fri, Nov 25 2011

    This old tiger roars only in Maharastra.
    India is one country and we are all ono and No one has the right to put boundaries in our heart. These politicians are playing politics between us for their benefit.
    So you dont need to take their statement seriously.

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  • Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru

    Fri, Nov 25 2011

    Mr Tackeray,

    Kannadigas in Maharastra never created chaos there, nor they asked for Kannada medium education. That is difference between you people and us.

    Few border areas of Maharastra like Solhapur, Kolhapur, Sangli are Kannada dominated. Kannadigas are happily living there and accepted Marathi language and education. Why don't you people accept Kannada in Belagavi?

    Belagavi is for Karnataka. Supreme court also reiterated many times. You people should accept the Kannada language or else get last from Karnataka.

    If you ask Kannadigas in Mumbai and Pune to go back, you people only suffer from hunger.

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  • Harsha Malhotra, Mangalore/New Delhi

    Fri, Nov 25 2011

    gone are the onwards your people cannot venture near any udipi hotels!!! might you have not fotgotten...incident of our comrades from Hotel Welcome (late muddanna shetty)..Ghatkopar.. it's enough for your people...!! if something goes wrong.. whole of mangaloreans will be landed in mumbai!!! aanch bashe eeja..!!! you people only succeeded in where else...

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  • Susan, Moodbidri, Canada

    Fri, Nov 25 2011

    oh you guys live in India, everyday tension, something or the other. I thank god for moving to Canada.

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  • ATM, Indian

    Fri, Nov 25 2011

    Mr. Thackeray, people whole over the India knows that you are a frog in the well, which has not seen the ocean and can’t even imagine about it!
    You yourself agree that Udupis control the Hotel business in Mumbai. Then just imagine, what will happen to Maharashtra if Maharashtra is only for Marathis and non-Marathis leave Mumbai??? Maharashtra will left over only with Thabelas (cow sheds) and nothing else!!!!
    Wake up man. Have a nice day.

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  • Yash, Mangalore

    Fri, Nov 25 2011

    One of the Thackery says"In fact, the Udupis control the hotel business here" Did Thackery think Maharashtra is its own country?Doesnt it belong India? We Indians are right to stay in India?? Can he survive in Maharashtra with out supply of basic needs from other state?? This is not a typical Indian attitude!!His mind is out of border!

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  • Santhosh, Udupi

    Fri, Nov 25 2011

    Dirty politics playing by thackrey.Media should not highlight these non sense statements.

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  • Anil, Mnagalore

    Fri, Nov 25 2011

    Dear All... People who fight for these things are mad.. simply creating problems.. just think we are all indians.. if Belgaum goes to Maharastra or if it stays in Karanataka also wat is the problem.. it will remain in India itself.. It will not go to Pakistan Knw?. This Old man Bal Thackrey is suffering without power like Advani.. so simply creating problems... This is India & people can stay anywhere..

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  • MK Udupi, Udupi

    Fri, Nov 25 2011

    Hmm..very sensitive issue hope things get resolved peacefully. Thackery statement "In fact, the Udupis control the hotel business here. What will happen if we ask all these people to return to their (native) state?" this statement shows Tackery's attitudee of gundagiri statement .He /his party should be carefulwhen making such statement .Maharastra is not for only maratis . Any Indian can live anywhere in India.

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  • Gerald, modankap - bantval

    Fri, Nov 25 2011


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  • geoffrey, hathill

    Thu, Nov 24 2011

    Looks like ol' Thackery suffering from dotage to make a ridiculous statement like "What will happen if we ask all these people to return to their (native) state?"

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