Veteran journalist and president of the Karnataka Vidyavardhaka Sangha Patil Puttappa has said that the remarks of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray against Jnanpith Award winner Chandrashekar Kambar reveal “Mr. Thackeray's culture”.
He was addressing presspersons after Mr. Kambar met him at his residence here on Friday.
“His words prove that he is not a man living in society, but is an uncivilised person from the forests,” he said.
He, however, said that making allegations and counter-allegations made no sense. “Quarrelling will not solve any problem. Everybody should love their mother tongue, but that does not mean they have to hate other languages,” he said.
Lakhs of Kannadigas live in Mumbai; perhaps even in more number than in Bangalore, he said. The implementation of the Mahajan report was a tricky issue and going by the signs, it seemed uncertain. “But one thing is sure. Belgaum will not go to Maharashtra,” he asserted.
Mr. Puttappa claimed that the Karnataka Government had done more for the development of Marathi schools in Karnataka than the Maharashtra Government had done for Kannada schools in Maharashtra. People should understand history well before making allegations, he added.