Wednesday, November 11, 2015

KIAB could (not should) have been named after #TipuSultan : #GirishKarnad

In a statement released from his home at J P Nagar Bangalore, veteran playwright, actor and litterateur, Girish Karnad  also a Jnanpith awardee, said that what he expressed was his personal opinion and that it was not backed by any evil intention. He said he was sorry if his remarks had hurt anyone.

The noted writer had expressed the opinion that Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB) should (could) have been named after Tipu Sultan. His remarks had come during the birth anniversary of Tipu Sultan organized at the state secretariat on Tuesday November 10 in the presence of chief minister, Siddaramaiah. He had remarked that Kempegowda was not a freedom fighter like Tipu Sultan.

Former deputy chief minister and BJP leader, R Ashok, who is spearheading a campaign against the remarks of Karnad, who had also courted controversy with some previous remarks, said that he will continue to fight against the unkind remarks made by Karnad in spite of the apology offered.

Girish Karnad gets death threat for his Tipu comment on twitter:

, "A tweet was posted by someone with the user name Intolerant Chandra....The tweet, later deleted by the user, read: "Girish Karnad will meet the same end like kalburgi if he enrages kannadigas by replacing in Kempe gouda (sic) with Tipu Sultan."