Posts Tagged ‘karnataka

10
Mar
09

In BJP’s Karnataka, ‘Obscenity’, not beating up of women, a crime

 Seriously, how many times do we have to go through this? The Bangalore police arrested a 100 odd gang of late night party revellers. They were booked for violating excise laws by selling liquor. Fair enough. But why the hell were they booked for ‘Public obscenity’. I mean, was it not a private party? The young men and women were not dancing in the middle of Brigade road, were they? They were just chilling out having fun at a private party organised at a private farmhouse by private people. How then does the word ‘public’ creep into all this? Is dancing in a disco an obscenity as well?

If you remember it seemed like a lifetime before for our own  ‘Mr. Culture’, Pramod Muthalik was arrested, this despite pictures of his group beating up innocent girls  at a pub being splashed all over national television. The irony was Muthalik was not arrested for the pub attacks, but for some inflammatory speech he made sometime back. The attack happened in broad daylight and still the police couldn’t ‘positively’ identify the attackers. However the Karnataka police were quick to arrest the revellers even as early as 4am in the morning for partying.

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16
Sep
08

Karnataka is the New Gujarat

Don’t be surprised if you witness what happened in Gujarat six years back, in the cities of Bangalore, Mysore or Mangalore. The way things are going in the BJP ruled state, a full scale riot could escalate any moment. Karnataka is fast emerging as not an IT destination, rather the new Gujarat and Yeddyurappa the new Narendra Modi. VHP and Bajrang Dal activists have attacked churches around Mangalore protesting ‘forced’ conversions. It is not just Christians who are living in fear, but also Muslims and other minorities.

The whole country was shocked at the atrocities committed during the Post-Godhra riots in 2002. Narendra Modi and his cadres were literally butchering Muslims all over the state. Pictures of people being massacared and begging for their dear lives shattered the peace of every Indian mind.  Now that the BJP has assumed power in Karnataka, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa is looking up on Modi as his role model and is trying to emulate him.  Despite pressure from the media, NGOs and the common people alike, the Karnataka govt. is still going soft on the Hindu extremists. The in-efficiancy of the government is so evident that, a church in neighbouring Kasargod district of Kerala was also attacked by VHP activists. Still, the only response from Yeddyurappa has been that he is against ‘Forced’ conversions. At least under the previous Congress and JD-S governments, there were no communal tensions. Karnataka had always been considered a peaceful state.

It is not just Karnataka, every state which is under the BJP is rife with communal troubles. We are well aware of whats going on in Orissa, where the BJP shares power the BJD. Its not surprising that Islamic terrorists has so far targeted only BJP ruled states recently. Rajasthan, Karnataka, Gujarat and now Delhi are under BJP control. It is saddening that terrorists are targeting innocents for the mistakes committed by extremist politicians. People like Modi and Yeddyurappa are no different from these terrorists, and they deserve the same punishment as the militants.