A tale of two Manjunaths in God’s Own Country

Name: MANJUNATH KALMANI

Hometown: Koppal

Manjunath, then working with weather.com, was on his way home in Nashville, Tennessee, on 1 May 2002 when his car spun out of control, hit a tree, and damaged his spine. He has been paralysed neck downwards for the last six years. According to a report in The Times of India, Kalmani was this week air-lifted to New Delhi, where he has been put on a ventilator. “I want to meet my mother, I haven’t seen her for the past eight years,” he tells the paper. His family is reluctant to come to Delhi. His brother Sudhakar says: “Come and do what? We can’t afford his treatment.”

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Name: MANJUNATH SIDDAIAH

Hometown: Mysore

Manjunath has been removed and banned from the campus of Arkansas State University and charged with rape of a co-student. According to the university’s police department, the research associate put his hand on the leg of his labmate, reached over and kissed her when she tried to move away, stuck his hand up her shirt, fondled her breast, and when she tried to move away again, held her down, and kissed her, biting her neck and lip. According to a report in That’s Kannada, Kannadigas, Tamilians, Telugus and Malayalees have started a campaign to raise $50,000 to secure his release.