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Literary figures unhappy over Patil's remarks

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KSP chief had termed those who flayed the attack on More as `masala dosa writers'


  • Chandrashekhara Patil accused of demeaning the presidentship of sahitya parishat
  • Use of `abusive' language pains U.R. Ananthamurthy
  • Such vile comments blacken the cultural history of the State, says G.K. Govinda Rao

    BANGALORE: Though literary figures and Kannada activists are one in condemning the Belgaum City Corporation for its resolution on merger of some areas in Karnataka with Maharashtra, the related assault and humiliation meted out to the Mayor of that city Vijay Pandurang More brought to the fore differences among them.

    Some of the writers have reacted sharply to the reported derogatory comments of the President of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat Chandrashekhara Patil on some of the writers who had criticised the attack on the Mayor. Prof. Patil, who is trying to take the parishat in a new direction and involving it in agitations, is reported to have called such writers as "masala dosa writers." His barbed attack has raised the question whether Prof. Patil has any "extra constitutional rights" to pass such comments at the cost of the dignity and decorum of the parishat.

    Addressing a meeting of some Kannada organisations on the parishat premises here on Tuesday, Prof. Patil expressed his displeasure over the stand taken by some writers disapproving the "ugly" incident. In an oblique reference to the Jnanpith award winner U.R. Ananthamurthy, the noted writer and artiste G. K. Govinda Rao and others, he said: "One need not be surprised by the attitude of those writers who claim themselves to be intellectuals. They are a set of hypocrites. Their only trait is to be selective in praise and comment. They are called masala dosa writers."

    Responding to Prof. Patil's comments some of the writers told The Hindu that the comments made by Prof. Patil could be questioned even in the courts. He had demeaned the presidentship of the sahitya parishat.

    `Inappropiate'

    Speaking to this reporter, Dr. Ananthamurthy said he knew Prof. Patil for decades. What he had said was not appropriate. He should have discussed the issue with the writers.

    Many writer-members of the parishat had voted for him in the parishat elections. Being the president of the prestigious Kannada literary and cultural body he should not have used "abusive and insulting" language.

    "I am sure, Prof. Patil as a writer, will regret his own words one day," he said.

    Prof. Govinda Rao said that the "tone and tenor" of Prof. Patil's language reflected on his own being. He had all the rights to take his own stand as an individual. But "he has no right to pass sarcastic an insulting comments on those who disapprove of the incident." "The black paint can be washed off. But such vile comments blacken the cultural history of the State," Prof. Govinda Rao said.

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