Support Ananthamurthy: Ko. Channabasappa

Ko. Channabasappa. Photo: K. Bhagya Prakash  

Staff Reporter

Contribution of outsiders to State questioned

BANGALORE: Kannada writer U.R. Ananthamurthy, who has filed his papers as an independent candidate for the Rajya Sabha elections, should be supported for the cause of Kannada and the self-respect of the State, writer and former judge Ko. Channabasappa has said.

He was speaking at the monthly interaction programme, `Maneyangaladalli Maatukathe,' organised by the Department of Kannada and Culture here on Saturday. The unrestrained fancy of electing people who were strangers to the local culture and issues to the Rajya Sabha with scant respect to the people of the State had been there right from the days of S. Nijalingappa, he said.

But the time had come to ask what had been the contribution of outsiders who got elected to the Rajya Sabha from the State, to the language, culture and development of Karnataka.

"What stand did M.A.M. Ramaswamy and M. Venkaiah Naidu take while Cauvery and Krishna waters issues were debated in Rajya Sabha? Did they utter a single word in favour of the State? What makes our politicians feel proud and content to opt for outsiders at the cost of the State? In this context, Dr. Ananthamurthy's decision to contest to the elections, irrespective of the outcome, deserves respect," he explained. Replying to questions on the role of regional parties in the fast-changing political scenario of the country, Mr. Channabasappa said regional parties would not be effective and politically pragmatic without complete autonomy. On the Cauvery waters issue, he said that only an amicable understanding keeping people's interests in mind could provide a permanent solution to the problem.