New Delhi, March 5 (): To counter the criticism of having nominated Hema Malini a Tamilian for Rajya Sabha, the Karnataka Chief Minister B. Yeddyurappa will honour Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan for her contribution and achievement in the arts and culture segment. This comes as a balancing act since Kannada activists, some of the top leaders of Karnataka are not happy with the election of Hema Malini ( a Tamil) from Karnataka for the Rajya Sabha post.
The World conference of Kannadigas will honor people of Karnataka origin, including Narayana Murthy of Infosys, who have made it big outside the state and abroad. The government of Karnataka has extended an invitation to Aishwaraya Rai Bachchan for the participation in the inaugural of the Vishwa Kannada Sammelana. The actress with roots in Karnataka has accepted the offer.
Infosys chairman and founder Narayanamurthy is inaugurating the Vishwa Kannada Sammelana that starts for three days from 11th of March 2011.
Meanwhile there was huge protest from rebel writer and Kannada film director Prof Baraguru Ramachandrappa that Infosys Chairman is the right person to inaugurate the event. Prof Baraguru Ramachandrappa argued that his contribution is not that great and not an appropriate personality. The Kannada activists also joined this call given by Prof Baraguru Ramachandrappa but later took back the decision.
The dream girl of Indian cinema Hema Malini had been elected against Dr Maralu Siddappa a literary personality. Out of 200 votes she bagged 106 votes and her opponent got 94 votes. Dr Maralusiddappa well known literary personality and father of Kannada film director KM Chaitanya said that he contested the RS seat not that he is going to win but for the ‘self respect of Kannadigas’. This defeat has made me strong said Maralusiddappa.