'Mysore Pak joke' creates outcry, trends on Twitter
A joke cracked on Twitter by scientist Anand Ranganathan has sparked a curious and crazy controversy. Anand, who is known for sarcasm, had tweeted out that Nirmala Sitharaman would be granting GI tag to Tamil Nadu over the tasty Mysore Pak.
Some Kannada TV channel picked it up and created outrage. It said that Mysore Pak belongs to Karnataka and granting GI to TN is anti-Kannadiga. The controversy resonated the row over Rasgulla between West Bengal and Odisha.
After the channel ranted against the Modi government, a few others joined the bandwagon and shamed the Union Finance Minister for taking the "unilateral decision". Vatal Nagaraj, a Kannadiga activist, threatened to take to the streets!
It's only after the involvement of BJP MP Tejasvi Surya that some channels could finally see the controversy for what it was. They realized that Anand Ranganathan had only joked!