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Updated December 27th, 2023 at 21:03 IST

WATCH : English tattoo, but no signages: Kannada protest hypocrisy exposed | Exclusive

The Republic TV's reporter drew attention to the activist's English tattoo, highlighting what he perceived as a contradiction in her protest.

Isha Bhandari
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In a recent demonstration advocating for the use of Kannada language in public signages, an activist Lady demanding English signages be removed, faced an unexpected retort when Republic TV’s reporter pointed out her English tattoo during the protest.

The incident unfolded as the activist, fervently expressing her stance on promoting Kannada language, was approached by the reporter. In a surprising turn, the reporter drew attention to the activist's English tattoo, highlighting what he perceived as a contradiction in her protest.

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The verbal exchange between the two took a twist as the activist reportedly defended her position. 

Watch the Pro Kannada activist defending her English tattoo 

The video sparks discussions on social media 

The exchange, captured on camera, has sparked discussions on social media, with opinions divided on the connection between personal choices and the broader cause. 

One user sharing Republic Kannada's video stated, “Pro kannada groups vandalising English signboards from shops in Bengaluru But the tattoo on this aunty's hand is also in English. Hypocrisy.”

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The other user questioned Congress leader Priyank Kharge stating, “Are you going to reply in English or Kannada… but do reply ….. why this Kolaveri di ??.”

“Her mobile phone also doesn't have a Kannada name !,” other wrote. 

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Speaking to reporters, KRV State President T N Narayan Gowda said, "People from various states are doing business in Bangalore. But they don't put Kannada nameplates on their shops. They are only putting up the nameplates of their shops in English. If they want to stay back in Bangalore then they have to put nameplates on their shops in Kannada or else they have to move from Karnataka to other states." He further said that there is a Karnataka government law that 60 per cent of the nameplate should be in Kannada.

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"No one is following it properly, so today we are doing a massive awareness protest rally. If the police stop us today, our struggle will not stop. We will continue the rally every day till our demands are met," he stated, adding that Mall of Asia (Bengaluru) has not put a Kannada nameplate.

"We told them to put a Kannada nameplate but Mall of Asia (Bangalore) did not bother and has not put a Kannada nameplate so we will fight against this. Today police are providing full protection to the Mall of Asia (Bengaluru), but tomorrow who will provide protection? Tomorrow again our activists will protest, till our demand is fulfilled," he added.

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The rally was held from Nada Prabhu Kempegowda International Airport Toll (Sadarahalli Gate) to Cubbon Park. 

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Published December 27th, 2023 at 20:30 IST

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