A war of words has erupted between Biocon chief Kiran Mazumdar Shaw and Kannada Development Authority after she called the KDA "an insignificant group of naysayers" for opposing the state government's proposal to introduce English medium classes in 1,000 primary schools.
"Media always portrays a small & insignificant group of naysayers as 'activists' - these r usually attention seeking trouble makers who don't care about education nor employment (sic)," Ms Shaw tweeted on July 7, referring to Kannada Development Authority's stand on the issue.
Kannada Development Authority chairman had led a delegation to Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, urging him to rollback the proposal to introduce English medium classes in the schools and instead encourage education in the mother tongue, Kannada.
The delegation comprised freedom fighter HS Doreswamy and writers Chandrashekar Kambar, Chandrashekar Patil and M Chidanandamurthy.
Responding to Kannada Development Authority's stand, Ms Shaw said "political malcontents" are trying to play mischief with her tweets and added that she stood by her comments that students should learn Kannada and English for competent job opportunities.
"...I stand by this for the sake of Karnataka's youth. Pls don't twist my comments. CM is also saying this #CMofKarnataka (sic)," she said in her tweet.
Political malcontents r trying to play mischief with my tweets. I have said students shd learn both Kannada and English for good job opportunities. I stand by this for the sake of Karnataka's youth. Pls don't twist my comments. CM is also saying this @CMofKarnataka- Kiran Mazumdar Shaw (@kiranshaw) July 9, 2018
Taking objection to Ms Shaw's comments, Kannada Development Authority Chairman SG Siddaramaiah wrote a letter to her seeking apology. He expressed anguish over Ms Shaw's tweets.
"I have no option but to sympathise with your views on education, that is devoid of cultural and human values," he said.
"It is but natural for people like you to simply equate education with employment, to wash your hands of by whimsically adopting few government schools out of your Corporate Social Responsibility funds and inculcate unwanted English ambitions in their minds," he added.
Mr Siddaramaiah also said that the government patronises the mother tongue in best possible way.