After having left no gully and geri on Mother Earth unconquered, Kannada chauvinism is now exploring the vastness of the skies above. Former Chamarajanagar MLA and Kannada chaluvaligar Vatal Nagaraj, who has formed a new front to save himself from extinction, has demanded that airlines serve ragi mudde, ragi kadubu, huruli sambar, and upittu, along with Kannada newspapers, to passengers besides the standard airline menu of bread, tea and soft drinks.
This is a significant step up from churumuri‘s own demand for outlets serving local cuisine at the soon-to-be-opened Bangalore International Airport at Devanahalli. Staging a black flag demonstration at the airport yesterday, Nagaraj said food that reflects the “local food culture” should be served by airlines, and threatened to serve ragi mudde meals at the new airport on the day of its inauguration.
Whether Nagaraj and gang want ragi mudde to be served on domestic or international flights, we do not know. Whether they want it only in Karnataka airspace, we do not know. Whether they want Taj and Ambassador sky chefs to make them or local Kannada caterers, we do not know. Whether they would like Vijay Mallya and Captain G.R. Gopinath to be caught eating them to prove their Kannadiganess, we do not know.
We do not know, but we can guess.
(churumuri will be failing in its duties if it does not acknowledge the presence of one G. Mudde Gowda in the protest.)
Photograph: courtesy Karnatakarecipes.blogspot.com
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