Biocon chief Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw has responded to churumuri.com‘s post on her comments on Kannada writer and intellectual, U.R. Anantha Murthy. Below is the full text of her clarification.
“WE HAVE BECOME INTOLERANT OF ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING“
I am really shocked at the way my comments have been misrepresented. I have great admiration for writers, artists and other intellectuals. I admire U.R. Anantha Murthy for his literary contributions and achievements.
What I am questioning is why someone like him is launching this tirade against N.R. Narayana Murthy which has even led to legal proceedings. If this is not politicising a small issue that does not warrant such action, then what is it?
By the way I read and write Kannada! I am a proud Bangalorean and a Kannadiga by choice. I have supported many an upcoming Kannada artist from rural Karnataka. I have participated on many social issues that plague our State and city.
What saddens me is the way we have become intolerant of anything and everything.
We need to recognize people like Narayana Murthy for what he has done to provide economic freedom to thousands of lower and middle class families; not crucify him and call him unpatriotic and even have the disrespect to ask him to leave Karnataka. That is why I have strongly reacted to my views on the subject.
I hope I have clarified my stand. The comments of your readers pain me.
Related link: “Who’s Anantha Murthy? What’s his contribution?”