This time the row is over the naming of the KPL franchisee as Belagavi Panthers. Advocate Madhav Chavan, in a letter has written to former BCCI president and Union Minister for Agriculture Sharad Pawar urging action against Karnataka State Cricket Association for naming the cricket team “Belagavi Panthers”. He also stated that the central government had not given its nod for renaming of Belgaum and when the official name is still Belgaum why the team name has been kept as Belagavi.
Mr.Chavan also mentioned that that neither government nor the association had the right to use the name “Belagavi”, as long as the matter was still in court.
May what happen but the language bias does come up in some form or the other in Belgaum. The idea of Mr.Chavan of writing to Shard Pawar may not do any good.
Now let us think of a hypothetical situation where in the team name is changed to Belgaum Panthers, then what happens, the Pro Kannada organizations will come up strongly against the changing of the name.
A notable factor here is the names of other teams of the KPL. Bangalore Brigadiers why wasn’t it named as ‘Bengaluru’ Brigadiers or Mysore Maharaajas as ‘Mysuru’ Maharaajas.
Only the Belgaum team is Belagavi Why is this? Any idea readers.