A week after a leading Kannada daily “Udayavani” abruptly discontinued his popular weekly column, veteran actor Prakash Raj is back with a new column. He has got a newer and a bigger platform to express his views, which often lead to a no-holds barred fight with the BJP and other right wing organisations. In recent times, the famous film star in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi has hit headlines for his strong views on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP.
His tweets, statements, speeches and columns led to big controversies pitting him against the right wing. Prakash Rai (in his home state of Karnataka he is known by his real name Rai) was writing a popular column “Iruvudellava Bittu” in “Udayavani”, a leading Kannada daily headquartered at Manipal. Published by the Manipal group, the almost 50 years old newspaper has six editions, including Mumbai.
After his spat with the BJP leaders and workers became a regular feature in Karnataka, the newspaper suddenly stopped his column. The paper claimed that it was a routine exercise and nothing to do with his ideology. An angry Prakash Raj then took to Twitter to blame the “invisible” hand behind it. He had vowed to come back.