25 October, 2020

Karnataka: Soiled Appeal

Seeking a resurrection Gowda plays the son of the soil card

Karnataka: Soiled Appeal

KANNADA pride at the best of times, has been very ephemeral. On the few occasions the sentiment has sought to go public, it has resulted in movements for primacy for the language, or assertion of the state's rights over some river water, if not in a violent reaction to the attack on Kannada cinema's matinee idol. But political observers struggle to recall an occasion when the state rallied as one to fight a political battle, however prestigious.

Try telling that to H.D. Deve Gowda, the "son of the soil" former PM who is seeking to "rise from the dust" of national politics by riding the Kannada pride he is trying to stoke in town after town. "The Akalis are not putting up a candidate against I.K. Guj-ral in Jalandhar because of Punjabi pride. But here, the one-point programme of some people has been to finish me politically," Gowda laments at meeting after meeting in his Vokkaliga heartland of Hassan, Mandya and Kanakapura in south Karnataka.

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