Mr. Ananthamurthy why is this Nonsense Inevitable to you?

NOTE: This is my translation of Pratap Simha’s column in Kannada Prabha published on 21 Sep 2013.

In Goa on 9 June 2013, Narendra Modi was appointed as the head of the BJP’s campaign committee. In the wake of this important development, Ross Colvin and Sruthi Gottipati from Reuters conducted an interview with him. Here’s one of the questions from that interview followed by Modi’s response to it:

Reuters: Do you regret what happened?
Modi: I’ll tell you. India’s Supreme Court is considered a good court today in the world. The Supreme Court created a special investigative team (SIT) and top-most, very bright officers who oversee the SIT. That report came. In that report, I was given a thoroughly clean chit, a thoroughly clean chit. Another thing, any person if we are driving a car, we are a driver, and someone else is driving a car and we’re sitting behind, even then if a puppy comes under the wheel, will it be painful or not? Of course it is. If I’m a chief minister or not, I’m a human being. If something bad happens anywhere, it is natural to be sad.

Tell me what’s wrong with this response? Can someone show where in his entire response has Modi compared Muslims to dogs? Despite this, the media hollered on for days calling him an egomaniac and pronounced him as guilty. Long ago, Zafar Sareshwala who ran a shrill worldwide campaign to prosecute Narendra Modi in the International Court of Justice for his alleged complicity in the Gujarat riots had this to say now: “By his statement on ‘puppy’, Mr. Modi was just trying to show compassion towards the victims of the post-Godhra riots.” Zafar, the one-time strident Modi critic is now one of his biggest admirers. Meanwhile, the media cooled down after the issue satiated its lust for TRPs.

However, what exactly does the Jnanapith winner U.R. Ananthamurthy lust after? What is his purpose? Why is he twisting Modi’s response and spouting it in interviews to paper after paper?

Here’s a statement from the man: “So many people died in those communal riots. Modi likens them to dogs who came under the wheeels of a moving car…” Is Ananthamurthy completely devoid of conscience? If a litterateur–who’s supposed to be the conscience-keeper of the society–is himself devoid of conscience, what will be the fate of a society which looks up to such people for guidance?

Where in his response has Modi compared the riot victims to dogs? Has Ananthamurthy’s–who was a professor of English–faculties dimmed so horribly that he can’t understand the simple language used in the Reuters interview? Sriprakash Jaiswal who was the Minister of State for Home under UPA-1 in his 2005 report to Parliament on the Gujarat riots said, “252 Hindus died in the Gujarat riots.” In which case, Hindu organizations should’ve also created a ruckus if Modi had indeed compared the riot victims to dogs. The Jnanapith award is given to jnanis, learned people. Mr. Murthy why are you, a recipient of that award, lying in this fashion?

According to Sunil Rajguru, the media will be on the lookout for saying a couple of positive things in a 10,000 word speech by Rahul Gandhi. Equally, the same media will also be on the lookout for saying a couple of filthy things in a 10,000 word speech by Narendra Modi. Even if the media finds nothing objectionable, it will resort to the usual twists and turns and distorts anything Modi says. At least they have the excuse of TRPs. What’s your excuse, Mr. Murthy?

Let’s now look at the other thing that Ananthamurthy said: “I will not stay in India if Modi becomes the Prime Minister.” Everybody has the right to criticise and express their opinions freely in a democracy. However, there certainly is a big difference between freedom of expression and an expression of irrational hatred. In 2004, when it was almost certain that Sonia Gandhi would become the Prime Minister, Sushma Swaraj thundered that if that happened, “I will tonsure my head, wear white clothes, eat grass, and sleep on the floor.” Everybody knows the story of how she became an instant laughing stock by mouthing such a ridiculous statement. However, what is the exact meaning of your statement, which is several notches lowlier than hers, Mr. Ananthamurthy? Should we remind you, who calls Modi a dictator, of 1975 when Prime Minister Indira Gandhi foisted the Emergency by suspending the Constitution? That was a naked display of dictatorship. Why didn’t you talk about quitting India then? In 1983, 3300 Muslims were massacred in Nellie in Assam in just 24 hours. The same Indira Gandhi was the Prime Minister even then. Both the state and the central Governments were in the hands of the Congress party.

And to a question of “what would you do if Modi actually becomes the Prime Minister?” you reply, “what can I do now? Age is not on my side. However, if age had been on my side, I’d have surely stopped him from becoming the PM.” Really Mr. Ananthamurthy? When the Nellie massacre happened, you were still bursting with youth in the campuses of universities. Where had your prowess and manhood vanished back then? Or what were they restricted to? Even in 1984 when the Sikh genocide happened, you were still bursting with the same youthful energy. Why didn’t such fiery words emerge from your mouth even in that case?

Forget all this. 3 December 1983 is a day which no Indian or indeed, the entire mankind, should forget. That day, fatal toxic fumes from the factory of Union Carbide–a company belonging to US, the land you hate intensely–in Bhopal killed some 15,000 including children. People died in their sleep. About 3 Lakh people suffered lifelong after inhaling the killer fumes. Although the Madhya Pradesh government arrested Warren Anderson, the head of Union Carbide, the central Congress government ordered his release. Not just that: Rajiv Gandhi allowed Anderson to flee India in a private jet. Why doesn’t Rajiv Gandhi appear like a cold-blooded killer to your eyes, Mr. Ananthamurthy? You were still in your youth–why didn’t you campaign against Rajiv in the 1984 elections? Why didn’t it occur to you even then to migrate out of India?

Now let’s come to your story of Sonia Gandhi’s “forgiveness and regret.” You’ve claimed that “the Sikh massacre in the wake of Indira Gandhi’s death is certainly tragic. However, Sonia Gandhi has repented for that.” When exactly did Sonia Gandhi seek forgiveness from the Sikh community? When exactly did she repent? Can you give us some proof? On 12 August 2005, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh while speaking to Parliament said, “I have no fear of asking the Sikh community to forgive me for 1984. Indeed, I seek forgiveness from not just the Sikh community, but the entire nation.” This was projected as though the entire Congress party had sought the said forgiveness. Sonia Gandhi had sought forgiveness for Operation Bluestar. Indeed, if Sonia Gandhi had really repented for the 1984 Sikh massacre, why would she have given tickets to Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar, the leaders of the Sikh bloodbath, in the 2004 elections? Why would she have made Jagdish Tytler the Minister of State for PIO?

Let’s now examine the story of why Manmohan Singh apologized to the Sikhs. In 2000, Prime Minister Vajpayee appointed the Nanavati Commission to reinvestigate the 1984 Sikh genocide issue. The Nanavati Commission submitted its report in February 2005. The Opposition parties insisted on a discussion about the report in the Monsoon Session of the Parliament. That included the Left as well. The Congress was thus forced to put the report up for debate given that the survival of the UPA depended then on the backing of the Left parties. The Nanavati report had severely castigated Jagdish Tytler in its report, a point which the Opposition used to demand his resignation. With no other option remaining, Jagdish Tytler resigned on 11 August. The next day proved even worse for the Congress: this time, the Opposition demanded yet another reinvestigation. That was when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh opened his mouth and said he wasn’t scared to apologize to the Sikh community.

Indeed, if Sonia Gandhi had really felt any remorse over the gory massacre of the Sikhs, if she had really wanted to heal the wounds, why did she allow the CBI to give Tytler the clean chit in 2009? Why did it withdraw the cases against Tytler and Sajjan Kumar? How many people who participated in the massacre of Sikhs have been punished so far? Why has justice been denied to the Sikhs despite having a Sikh as the Prime Minister for nine long years? Mr. Ananthamurthy, have you read the book, I Accuse, authored by Jarnail Singh, the journalist who threw his boots on P. Chidambaram? If you had indeed read that book, there’s no way you could’ve said that Sonia Gandhi has expressed repentance. Forget that, but tell me, what was the necessity for you to take cudgels on her behalf?

Next you said, “I have never seen such uncouthness in any politician as I’ve seen in Modi.” Mr. Ananthamurthy, tell us when have you met Mr. Modi? Or if you’ve indeed met him with requests to grant you land or bungalow, has his refusal to bestow you with such favours made him uncouth in your eyes? Of course, it’s nobody’s argument that one can decide whether a person is uncouth or not only by meeting him/her personally. But then, from what perspective did our dear Mr. Ananthamurthy perceive Mr. Modi as uncouth? In a 2012 interview that the editor of the Urdu paper Nai Duniya, Shahid Siddiqui had with Modi, here’s what Modi told him: “If it is proved that I had a role in the Gujarat riots, please hang me publicly. That will serve as a lesson to others in future.” Instead of seeing the candid honesty and humility in a person who declares thus openly, how does Mr. Ananthamurthy perceive uncouthness? In 1984, “the earth shakes when a big tree falls” is how Rajiv Gandhi justified the wanton massacre of Sikhs. How is it that Mr. Ananthamurthy doesn’t see the cold heartlessness in Rajiv Gandhi in this instance but sees it in Modi who has submitted himself to open, public scrutiny? And then we have the “I am not a custodian of files” statement from Manmohan Singh over the missing Coal scam files. Equally, the statement from the same Prime Ministerial eminence that “Money does not grow on trees” when questioned about the abysmal economic situation India is currently in. Oh! and when questioned as to why the price of onion has touched the skies, Union Minister Kapil Sibal thunders that “the Government does not sell onions. Ask the merchants.” Why doesn’t Mr. Ananthamurthy detect an iota of the arrogance and the absolute vulgarity in these people?

Mr. Ananthamurthy, Modi hasn’t made you the Vice Chancellor of any university. He will not award you the Karnataka Ratna in future. It is the Congress which will dole out such goodies to you. Indeed, the path you have chosen is the right one. And then it is an acceptable social custom and convention to address people in the singular in an intimate/friendly setting. However, when you’re on a public stage, when you’re giving interviews to the media, how acceptable is it to address the Chief Minister of a state and someone who’s set to become the PM in the singular? Rahul Gandhi too, is the Congress party’s undeclared PM candidate. Would it be acceptable if people who oppose him begin to refer to him in the singular in the media? Given this, how does the fact that Mr. Ananthamurthy referring to Modi in the singular reflect upon this “eminent” litterateur?

In the end, a question for you, Mr. Murthy: you have been yelling from the rooftops that in the last 10 years, Karnataka is fast becoming a hub of communalists. Indeed, you intensified this hollering relentlessly for the five years that the BJP was in power. And now, the Congress has come to power. The NIA which is firmly under the Congress’ control recently said that “Mangalore is dangerously becoming a haven of terrorists.” The NIA had visited Mangalore as part of its investigation after Yasin Bhatkal’s arrest. So why aren’t you now saying that our coast is now home to traitors and terrorists?

You might spew poison in your every utterance. You might display your naked intolerance at every step. You might voice insulting nonsense at all times. If possible, come to a public debate with people with whom you disagree instead of spreading canards through your associates and disciples. Let people know the truth. Are you ready?

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33 comments for “Mr. Ananthamurthy why is this Nonsense Inevitable to you?

  1. Kumar Ramalingam
    October 9, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Excellent article. I was looking for someone with a backbone to respond to this Ajnanpeeth Awardee and a congress stooge. The article has asked the right questions with utmost decency that even URA cannot complain. Please keep on writing and enlighten us on what is happening around us. Otherwise we would be blown away by the liberal media.

  2. SP
    October 2, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    My salutations to Sri Prata and Sri Sandeep. URA is nothing but an attention seeker leftist, devoid of soul. Wish he had seen atrocities of IndiraG. Probably we was under too much influence of leftist drug to realize what was happening. I left India in 70’s due to high handedness of Indira. I lived in India again between 1998 and 2002, and felt proud to be an Indian as AVB gave me reasons. Today I am ashamed. Corruption, a hall mark of Congress, SP, BSP, DMK, JD(S), RJD and so called Sickular parties, has hit a high. If URA feels happy to be a part of it, let grace of STALIN, Lenin be upon him. I will pay 10% of his fare to destination of his choice if NaMo becomes PM.

    • SP
      May 22, 2014 at 7:48 PM

      Request to Mr. UR Ananthamurthy. Please leave India or keep your speech sound level low. Need not broadcast your ill feelings towards Modi on a loudspeaker. That is a unwelcome behaviour.

      • Hariharan
        May 22, 2014 at 8:52 PM

        SP, please do not say “please” to scum like URA. He has to be picked up by the scruff of his neck and thrown into the Arabian Sea. But then again, he might contaminate the marine life in the Arabian Sea!!!

  3. C.K.Subbaiah
    September 28, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    I am glad to see so many comments on URA,s comments on Narendra Modi. This URA is highly over rated .Such a man is a disgrace to our national pride . C.K.Subbaiah.

  4. Nandan Shah
    September 27, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    I’d be happy to throw you a farewell party Mr URA, please take along your fellow pseudo secs with you!

    @sandeep: is it possible that this guy reads your post?

  5. September 25, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    By saying that SIT gave him ‘ a thoroughly clean chit, a thoroughly clean chit’, Modi is trying to mislead in his usual style and that of his publicity machines. SIT’s is not the last word(and it only said the there is ‘no prosecutable evidence’ against Modi) but of the court before which the SIT has to submit the report. And what about the court? The supreme court found the conclusions of the SIT incompatible with the investigation details and so asked amicus curiae to prepare an independent report. The amicus curiae. Raju Ramachandran, in his report, has disagreed with the SIT’s closure report. Now the whole matter has been placed before the trial court which has to proceed with the case. Modi and his fans suppress all these details and try to mislead others (including the US President, who is not granting a visa) in Goebbelsian style

    • Nandan Shah
      September 27, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      So Mr Radhakrishanan, I’m sure you understand and believe that the Congress party has all the resources at its disposal to ‘speed up’ things in the CBI against Modi, so if Modi supporters can suppress stuff, I’m sure the Congress party is much more powerful to dig out the ‘truth’–but if the truth that you are looking cannot be dug then its your hardluck mate!

    • Ram
      January 6, 2014 at 12:26 PM

      CIRCA 30th December 2013-> Zakia Jafferi’s review petition dismissed! So Gobble your Goose-cooked Goebbelsian farce ignoramus

  6. Raj
    September 25, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Sandeep, apologies for the second fyi, but this is making the rounds among sickularists and closet jehadis sans context.

    Given the antics of that degenerate owaisi, the bbc’s timing (and dalrymple before them) is certainly conspicuous (particularly with all those secular rohingya popping up in old city hyd)–something rancid brewing in perfidious albion yet again. As expected, the horrific crimes against humanity committed by the nizam’s razakars are conveniently glossed over (their suffering quantified, hindus not). As usual, our dharmic b team has been leading a toothless counter. A more fact filled rebuttal by a more scholarly voice could help stem the tide.

    • S.Hariharan
      September 25, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      The English language has some wonderfully anthropomorphic collective nouns for the various groups of animals.
      We are all familiar with a Herd of cows, a Flock of chickens, a School of fish and a Gaggle of geese.

      However, less widely known is a Pride of lions, a Murder of crows (as well as their cousins the rooks and ravens), an Exaltation of doves and, presumably, because they look so wise, a Parliament of owls.

      Now consider a gathering of Baboons. They are the loudest, most dangerous, most obnoxious, most viciously aggressive and least intelligent of all primates.

      And what is the proper collective noun for a group of baboons?

      Believe it or not ……. a Congress!

      I guess that pretty much explains the things that come out of our present government led by a party by that name, which has ruled and ruined our country for most of the 64 years since the British left us in their hands!In addition,Parthenium Grass,which grows wildly and destroys all the plants nearby is also known as CONGRESS GRASS.WHAT A COINCIDENCE!

      The opposite of PRO is CON,
      So the opposite of PROGRESS is CONGRESS!!!

      Let a fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage.

      • Pankaj jethi
        September 25, 2013 at 11:34 PM

        Brilliant comment sir. I am sharing it on my facebook page. Assuming that u have no objection to that. I will quote u of course.

        • S.Hariharan
          September 30, 2013 at 9:08 AM

          Pankaj, go ahead sir, and circulate this. FYI, this was not coined by me, I found it floating around on the internet. I wish I could find out who actually composed this piece, I would like to salute her/him!!

      • October 2, 2013 at 6:37 PM

        Brilliant and extremely logical analysis!
        This again proves that Truth always triumphs,
        ??????? ???? !

  7. September 25, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    According to one author. A dysfunctional nation produces dishonest intellectuals, Anantamurthy fits this one perfectly.

  8. September 24, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Some intellectuals are not happy being intellectual.They have to show to the world that they are so and they want the world to recognize it.Often they are happy to raise controversies to show their argumentative skills.I do not know whether Mr.Ananthmurty has taken up any social activity else other than pulling his intellectual card now and then.I have not met Mr.Ananthmurty any time. I will no regrets if I do not meet an obnoxious person like him ever.

  9. September 24, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    This is yet another excellent article by Mr. Simha! I only wish India had some writers like him in the sickular, sorry mainstream, Indian English media.

    Given that U. R. Ananthamurthy has promised to leave India in the unlikely event of Narendra Modi becoming Prime Minister, one can only hope that Narendra Modi becomes the Prime Minister. At the very least, India will be rid of one irredeemable Dhimmi.

  10. Anand
    September 24, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    I think the majority of Indians no longer give any credence to such Modi-bashing. Every time these people say/write something against Modi, people actually favor Modi a little more. nobody like whiners and nags.

  11. Cdr Shivalingaiah
    September 24, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Perfect reply to Mr URA who appears to have gone senile.Amazing to see the so called litterateur voice his revulsion without valid logic.He must have sold all his grey cells for the award he received from congress.Disgusting. Mr URA….even an illiterate has his voice of his own and you being litterateur seem to have sold it for few guddies.You are worse than a corrupt babu/politician and marginally better than lunatic

  12. KK
    September 24, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Mr. U R Ananthamurty is typical stooge of Congress, who survive on occassional crumbs and try to prove his slavish mindset day and night. If we have have such louts claiming to be litterateur, i can vouch for fact that most of the awards are managed. I can also assure that these thugish louts lack face to have any honest debate to challenge their perception and remarks, like all congi, they make statement to paid journo rather than facing any challenge on facts. These loutish thug remain silent by design on all islamic communalism and are real inheritor of legacy of traitors like jaichand and mirjafar. You have rightly tore this lout on his deliberate silence on all riots under congi, cause this lout must be straight beneficiary of state doles, so looked other way when he was young! I in fact want all such louts to leave this country and live in pakistan, whose cause these louts propagate day and night, while sucking our country dry.

  13. GK
    September 24, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Communal riots have happened in India many times since independence. I dont undersatnd why ‘ sickular intellectuals’ can see only one. Also Gujarat has been riot free after 2002 where as it was a regular feature before. Instead of giving due credit to Mr Modi for achieving peace in Gujarat post 2002, and pulling up the likes Mulayam whose power hungry vote bank politics machinations are now wide open before the public, people like Anantha Moorthy are indulging in ravbble rousing. What does he want , presidential or governor job which he may be feeling will be his if he can continue his dishonest tirade against Narendra Modi?

  14. prathin
    September 23, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Right ananthamoorthy is a poplitician like a anna hazare supporting to congress….

  15. s k rao
    September 23, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    kannada literature has won maximum number of Jnyanpeeth Awards, I do not recollect exact but i think 6 or 7. Out of these two make me rally wonder how the “managed to get it ” One is the pervert of the subject and other is Girishi Karnad. Rest of A’mruthy is already written.

  16. September 23, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    bcoz of pseudos like him India is knee deep in shit..very well written…awsm

  17. mahesh
    September 23, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Great riposte to URA.. URA has the temerity to quote even the author Gopalkrishna Adiga & “Sakshi Pragne” to defend his criticism of Modi

    I had an email conversation with UR Ananthmurthy about his views on Modi & I find him totally uncouth & discourteous in replying to polite & sane conversation..Further ,he seems to take great pride in keeping his salutation as “Dr URA”… vanity..

  18. Samuk
    September 23, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Ananath Murthy can make direct politics by joining congress or other parties. he is making just a publicity stunt. In Kannada Total 8 people got Jnanpeet Awards. In that 6 people got for their noted literature and Ananth Moorthi and girish Karnad for their “politics”

  19. Nagesh Mula
    September 23, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    Better Mr. U R Ananthamurty leaves Bhaarat right away, as its inevitable that Shri Narendra Modi ji will become our next Prime Minister. At least we will have one less traitor in Bhaarat, before the end of this year :).

  20. Raj
    September 22, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Sandeep, just as an fyi, your tweet here makes it seem like rape was a tool of war in India BEFORE islamic invasions.

    I imagine you did not mean that–your subsequent tweet partially clarifies but not explicitly. As you know better than most, Hindu kings, with exceedingly rare exception, followed the kshatriya code of chivalry, which condemns and forbids such behavior. Given the usual “sickular” suspects, perhaps a qualification tweet would prevent apologists from capitalizing on your twitter convo. (feel free to delete comment after reading)

  21. Vijayalakshmi
    September 22, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Leftists have two things in common- one, they are brazen liars, and two, they are venomous hate-mongers. Since U.R.Ananthamurthy is a leftist, we cannot expect anything better from him.

  22. Venkat
    September 22, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Excellent This is applicable to all those hollow intellectuals who do not see reason when it comes to Modi bashing

  23. K.P.
    September 22, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    For those of us who take basic truthfulness and courtesy as an everyday normality and benchmark for standard civil human behaviour, it’s extremely hard to see the shameless, purely evil and blatant dishonesty and hypocrisy of the Congress Party and its lackeys like MSM and this “intellectual” fraud Ananthamurthy. There really aren’t any words to describe people who behave like this with calculated deliberation, to the detriment of the country. They are the very definition of “enemies of the state”, and if there’s any justice and any hope for Bharat they must *all* be eradicated as a top priority, by any means necessary.

    So far Modiji has survived every attack on him and gotten stronger. We can only hope this trend will continue and he will also successfully hurdle whatever insidious plans Congress have in store, whether they be through legal manipulation, media manipulation, voting manipulation (EVM fraud) or anything else. The coming few months is critical.

  24. September 22, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    If U R Ananthamurty has some pride left in him, he should shave his hair off and say sorry to Modi in Public domain. Shame on you…

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