Lok Sabha Speaker Manohar Joshi, who has taken great pains to cultivate an image of mild-mannered gentility, is in the midst of a controversy. Earlier this week, playwright Vijay Tendulkar shot off a letter front-paged in a leading Marathi newspaper, objecting to Joshi presenting the Chaturang Foundation’s lifetime achievement award to eminent Marathi editor P. Bhagwat on December 22.
Tendulkar wasn’t one to mince words. He said Joshi’s work may be above suspicion, the same couldn’t be said about his character. Appealing to the organisation to rectify its "mistake", Tendulkar said: "It’ll pain Bhagwat fans like me to see him receiving an eminent award at the hands of such an impure person."