Noted Playwright, Girish Karnad received a threat that he would be murdered as was done for M.M. Kalburgi for demanding renaming of the Kempegowda International Airport after Tipu Sultan. Bengaluru police received a complaint against Girish Karnad for insulting Hindus. During Tipu's birthday celebration organized by the Government of Karnataka, he made a controversial statement on Tuesday. Later, Girish Karnad issued a public apology.
The police officer told that someone posted a tweet under the name “Intolerant Chandra" in which this threat was mentioned. Police will take action if someone lodges a complaint. Girish told that he would record a protest against the police if quick action is not taken.
Later, CM of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah made it clear that government has nothing to do with the statement made by Grish Karnad to rename Bengaluru airport. It is his personal view. However, Siddaramaiah defended the decision of the government of Karnataka for organizing Tipu Sultan's birth anniversary. He also told that Tipu Sultan was a freedom fighter and a secular ruler.
Addressing the gathering, Girish Karnad told that “What Raja Ram Mohan Roy is to Bengal, BR Ambedkar to Maharashtra and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to Uttar Pradesh, Tipu is to Karnataka. The international airport in Bengaluru should be renamed after Tipu Sultan as Kempegowda was the founder of Bengaluru, but was not a freedom fighter".