Karnataka's Minister for Law and Parliamentary affairs, S Suresh Kumar has given a fitting reply to irresponsible wordage employed by a handful of spineless votemongers in Maharashtra which seeks to convert "Marathi-speaking areas in Karnataka" into a Union Territory:
This will back-fire on Maharashtra... if we start talking about it. There are a large number of Kannada-speaking people in Sholapur and Kolhapur and at different places (in Maharashtra). If they are also converted as Union Territories, the issue will not stop anywhere.Mr. Suresh hasn't given the full list, of course. There are more places in Maharashtra which are full of Kannadigas. The list is nearly endless. Prominent Marathi historian Vishwanath Kashinath Rajwade himself admits that nearly half the names of places in Maharashtra are in Kannada.
Back to the spineless votemongers. Showing that they are throwing stones from within a glass-house, Minister Suresh Kumar...
warned if Maharashtra leaders continue to rake up the boundary issue, Karnataka would be forced to raise "in the same way, its legitimate demands", and also take a delegation to the President and the Prime Minister.Of course Karnataka doesn't make a claim on the places mentioned in the subject here even though they're full of Kannadigas and their history has been part and parcel of Kannadiga history from ages.
He said competition between the states should not be in terms of "snatching villages" but focus should be on development, administration and governance.
That's because Karnataka realizes that that is not the solution. The solution is for both states to respect the Mahajan Report, recognize that border areas are always going to have people speaking the other language, and to get on with more important things. It's not just healthy competition which needs to exist between the two states as Minister Suresh Kumar opines, but cooperation too. There are lots that the two states can learn from each other and each other's languages. There are lots that both states have to achieve together, including stopping Hindi Imposition on both states.