M.S. Sathyu v/s Karnataka Rakshana Vedike

The brave soldiers of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike struck again today. They marched to the Rangayana theatre repertory and, then, when not finding their quarry there, hopped over to the Vishwa Kannada Sammelan apartments and shouted slogans despite the absence of their target: M.S. Sathyu.

The theatreman, according to a report in today’s Star of Mysore, had lambasted members of the KRV saying that it comprised of self-seeking people. Speaking at a book release function yesterday, Sathyu reportedly said:

“No Vedike is needed to safeguard Kannada language. First of all, why need protection for Kannada? On the pretext of protecting Kannada the members of Vedike are using the forum to fulfil their selfish goals. The Vedike is just a sort of political outfit with no concern for the language. The forum in no way can protect Kannada language.

“Whatever I say triggers a controversy, but there is no way out. I must expose the true colours of the members of Karnataka Rakshana Vedike. First of all, do they know chaste Kannada? Are they aware of the latest novel of Dr. U.R. Ananthamurthy or the stature of Dr. Masti Venkatesh Iyengar? Do they know the achievements of Kuvempu and D.R. Bendre? With not an iota of knowledge on Kannada literature how they can protect the language.

“They have constituted the forum to protect themselves, not the Kannada language. Devoid of them, Kannada can still survive and grow with full glory. For any language to survive and sustain the culture, poets and litterateurs are responsible. Their toil only can boost the language.”

These comments were enough for the members of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike to bare their fangs. Although Sathyu was not in his Vishwa Kannada Sammelan apartment when they came calling, the KRV members, according to another report in today’s Star of Mysore, raised slogans.

“Down with coward Sathyu,” was one of the slogans heard, although the spetuagenarian, who does not hesitate to call a spade a bloody shovel, had made his comments alone and in full public view at the book release function, quite unlike the KRV activists who seek refuge in the gumpalli govinda philosophy.

The Vedike’s chief Mohankumar Gowda also declared that Vedike activists would not allow Sathyu to enter Mysore till he tendered a public apology for his remarks against the Vedike.

He asked Sathyu to speak in Kannada properly before preaching the Vedike activists. The Vedike need not learn lessons from film makers like Sathyu who were in the field only to make money.

This is not the first time Sathyu has sparred with the Vedike, over his reported comments on Raj Kumar. Two years ago, he had made similar comments, and the Vedike had responded with a 16-line press release which, according to published news reports, had 11 spelling and grammatical errors.

Also read: Karnataka Rakshana Vedike: Good, bad, sad?

Sign of a democracy, or a sad mobocracy?