The Jnanpith Award-winning Kannada writer U.R. Anantha Murthy completed 75 years of age yesterday. At an interaction held at the Central College in Bangalore, he articulated his position on a range of contemporary issues.
# A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is a good, humane and capable man. But it is not right to say that he is so despite being a Muslim. That despite being a Muslim he sings bhajans, listens to music, and eats idlis not mutton.
# The Muslim community would be lost if Muslims become communal but the entire country would be lost if Hindus become communal.
# Pejawar mutt seer Vishwesha Thirtha swamiji should declare that any person, including a dalit, would be allowed to perform pooja to Lord Krishna on becoming a swamiji but not a person who has visited the United States. Such a step would be welcome as India is becoming a “victim” of Americanisation.
# In democratic politics, there were always opponents but nowadays there are only enemies, which is evident from the language and conduct of the politicians. Voting should be made compulsory and there should be a penalty for non-voting.
# The entry of former chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy into politics was a move for the benefit of the family but that was not the case with Rajiv Gandhi’s entry into politics, though initially I had thought so.
# The mining lobby has overtaken all other lobbies, like liquor and education and mine owners have become powerful persons in politics. Export of ores should be stopped immediately; government should produce steel and other products locally using ores.
# The UPA and West Bengal governments should be ashamed of the way in which they are treating Taslima Nasreen. One can agree, disagree or criticise her for her writings and thoughts, but nobody has right to harass her in this manner.
# From the days of partition, through the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and till the recent Gujarat riots, people who indulged in mass violence have gone unpunished. Now the people know that they can escape from law when they indulge in mass violence.
# George Fernandes was someone I liked, but when he said the Americans were behind the killing of a Christian priest in Gujarat, I lost all respect for him.
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Not much promience shold be given to URA’s statements. His views on any issue will have his own illusions. It is not new to people who have seen him and his career. Hinduism never depended on the views and support of people like him. It is his view only. No need to bring Kalam, George Fernandez into picture . An ordinary trader, businessman, street hawker, whether he is a vegetable vendor, hale paper kaali sisa, autodriver never consult such people for their living . It is the mutual trust that makes them survive…It is only pseudointellectuals, rationalists-socalled- wwho poke their nose in such matters make the things worse. Violence whether it is massviolence or sporadic one has to be condemned. Who has said that they should not be punished? Why he is keeping quiet about terrorism,extremism? Happy Birthday to him.
The Muslim community would be lost if Muslims become communal but the entire country would be lost if Hindus become communal.
>>The UPA and West Bengal governments should be ashamed of the way in which they are treating Taslima Nasreen. One can agree, disagree or criticise her for her writings and thoughts, but nobody has right to harass her in this manner.
This guy enjoys self-flagellation like nobody does and is living in a fools paradise. Even after witnessing Muslim communalism for the last 60 years he is still in doubt.
Why are the UPA and WB governmnet acting the way they are…is it not because of muslim communal politics..
URA has finally proved that he has become senile
i agree with what URA has said.
voting should be made compulsory.
While it is true that URA has been one of the most prolific Kannada writers over the last few decade, he is also a pseudointellectual who has been publicity hungry and hobnobbing with politicians of every hue, all these years.
URA must not comment on the Pejawar mutt seer Vishwesha Thirtha swami who has lost all respect among Hindus after his controversial statements based on a shocking retarded mentality, ganging-up against a very popular, forward looking Sugunendra Teertha Swamiji.
Compulsory voting…wonderful…we had all things compulsory..education etc etc. What happened ..Adult Education councils and classes started draining of crores of rupees..It is not that voting should be made compuslsory, but educate the voter in an impartial manner, don’t guide him towards unnecessary things, let money and other factors go aside, an educated-not necessarily a literate – voter can chose the best.
RR, Most prolific writer…URA…will be pleased if the complete list is given. Outside Karnataka and in non-kannada atmosphere this statement may hold good. Agree, if it is said that he wanted to be in the limelight by utterances in the media. Prolific writers in Kannada language are not propaganda hungry. They do their work and think more constructively.
“The Muslim community would be lost if Muslims become communal but the entire country would be lost if Hindus become communal”
What’s the premise on which he has made this conclusion? On contrary, Muslim fundamentalism has proven to be more dangerous throughout the world.
Stupid writer! Islam started in Middle East only but, with their communal approach they have occupied and to certain extent conquered more than 1/3 of the nations in the world. As a reason 1/3 of the world is burning in terrorism. Recent birth rate in Europe suggests that part of Europe might fall to their hand in another 50 years. Whereas Hinduism, which was once the state religion of almost 2/3 of Asian countries has now shrunk and limited its geological and political landscape to India, that too at the cost of being a republic. Will the writer and all the secularists (including the Marxist) dare to imagine India with the majority population of 75% being Muslims in place of Hindus. Even 50% of them will make these jokers to shut their booth and pin them to a corner. All the western and European countries which have thus far practised a very liberal approach in accepting immigrants started to show some hesitation and resistance towards accepting Muslim immigrants or immigrants from Muslim countries and yet these idiots are still preaching about socialism. In short, it is premature and foolish to say that India will be a loser if Hindus become Communal but, it is definite truth that Hindus will lose India if they keep practice Socialism.
I find the views expressed by Krishnamoorthy very inconsistant, irrelevant and without any depth. he might have won prizes and may be internationally famous. But that does not mean he says right. No body never said that Kalam is good irrespective of his being Muslim. Why did he raise a non existing issue. His opinions changing with a statement also shows his inconsistency. What about Modi ? These are not only convictions but whimsical stray views.
“Voting should be made compulsory and there should be a penalty for non-voting.”