This is currently by design and is documented here. The `this` of the event handler is set to the object which raises the event.
Perhaps Kendo UI can be enhanced to parse the event handler name and automatically create closures so `this` is the owner of the function and not the widget. This would be a breaking change though.
The other option is to have a new attribute which would specify what the context is:
If you like any of those ideas feel free to suggest them in our feedback portal
. If it gets user interest we would implement it in a future release.
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