Wednesday, 19 April 2017 17:21
Bengaluru: Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah has written to his Goa counterpart, Manohar Parrikar, strongly objecting to the statement by a Goa minister on getting lamanis - members of a nomadic tribe mostly belonging to Karnataka - off Goa's beaches.
In a letter to Parrikar, Siddaramaiah said the statement made by minister Manohar Azgaonkar had created fear among the lamanis, who have been living with dignity and pride in Goa for generations, imbibing the language and culture of the state and contributing to its growth and development. "I request you to ask the minister concerned to exercise restraint on such utterances," he wrote.
Azgaonkar has already clarified that he has never named any community and attributed it to a media person who had asked a question on lamanis.
Seeking safety of the lamanis living in Goa, the CM wrote to Parrikar, "You would agree that our Indian culture calls for living in unity amidst diversity. Keeping this in view, I shall appreciate any positive action taken..."
He said he would be happy to send a delegation led by industries minister R V Deshpande to pursue the issue.