Petty political mileage, lack of will among the political parties and illogical issue of native and non-natives saw the unveiling of statue of Thiruvalluvar being delayed by over 18 years. Pro-Kannada organizations have been protesting over the Saint Thiruvalluvar’s statue for long on the basis that the saint was from Tamil Nadu.
Already contentious issues between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, such as the Cauvery river water sharing and Hogennakkal drinking water project, helped add support for the protesters. At an all party meeting organized by the BJP led Karnataka Govt, it was decided to go ahead with the unveiling off the statue. However, pro-Kannada outfits filed a petition in the Karnataka High Court, which was duly rejected by the court today, 7th Aug 09.
“Adding fuel to the fire is easy, suppressing a fire is difficult. Creating confusion and giving room for agitation is easy, but controlling agitation is difficult”, the Chief Justice P D Dinakaran very rightly observed. As a result, the Karnataka Govt will go ahead with the opening ceremony on Sunday, 9th August 2009. It will be attended among others by Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Mr. M. Karunanidhi. In order to improve relations further and as a goodwill gesture, the Tamil Nadu government will unveil a statue of Kannada saint-poet Sarvajna at Ayanavaram Park in Chennai on August 13, which will be attended by Karnataka’s Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa.