Thursday, February 22, 2007

No ‘welcome back’ for Tamil channels

No ‘welcome back’ for Tamil channels
Deccan herald

Even as the blackout of Tamil television channels continues in Bangalore City, cable operators are groping in the dark with regard to the possibilities of a rollback.

On Tuesday K TV, a popular Tamil movie channel, was reportedly back on air for a brief period in some areas of Rajajinagar, but the channel was soon pulled out.

According to residents, the cable operator had decided to revert to the ban because he feared attacks from the Kannada activists. “We have lived our entire lives in this City and even learnt in Kannada medium schools. But that doesn’t mean that we could be denied our basic rights. Going by this logic, aren’t they expected to block Hindi channels as well, since the Cauvery verdict was given by a Central Tribunal?” wondered a resident of Rajajinagar.

Meanwhile, Karnataka Rakshana Vedike maintained that it was in favour of the Tamil movie and channel blackout until justice was done to Karnataka by the Centre on the issue of Cauvery water apportionment. KRV President Narayana Gowda told Deccan Herald on Wednesday that the Vedike was not propagating violence against anyone.


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