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Cauvery Continues to be a Perennial Woe for Karnataka

The normal life in Bengaluru, the headquarters of Karnataka and the adjoining Ramanagar district headquarters was paralyzed following a Bundh call from the Kannada protagonists and a host of farmers and other organizations. By and large, the protest against the state government over the release of 5,000 cusecs of water from the KRS Dam to Tamil Nadu was peaceful but for some untoward incidents. Crux of the problem: The Cauvery Delta region consisting of the Mysuru, Mandya, Ramanagar, Bengaluru Rural and Bengaluru Urban districts among many a other becomes volatile whenever the issue of the Cauvery river water distribution issue aggravates. This time around, the direction of the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) for Karnataka to release 5,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu for 15 days happens to be the crux of the problem. Karnataka attempts foiled: Interestingly the Government of Karnataka tried in vain to violate the CWMA’s directive over the issue of releasing the wa

Paul Mamu becomes part of Dharwad's history

People originally from Dharwad and most of whom migrated decades ago elsewhere across the state, country and world in search of green pastures were in for a sudden shock since late evening on Monday. They all shared similar sentiments, fond moments and profound grief in the passing away of Paul Cardoza of the renowned Hotel PAUL’S at Vidyagiri. He was 69 years old and not at all an age for his generation to bid adieu. Walks to Death: Paul Cardoza was a little bit hefty for his height and age; otherwise there were no visible symptoms to hint of any ailments he had been challenged with. Even on the fateful day, he attended to the chores in the hotel until the afternoon before proceeding to neighbour Hubballi for a cardiac test. It is said that he literally walked to the health check-up facility to undergo the examination. No, he was not destinated for it as he suffered a massive stroke and never to recover! A jovial personality: In the passing away of Paul Cardoza Dharwad has lost one o

Revoking Anti Cow Slaughter Act: Congress stumbles opening a Pandora box!

                                                                                             Image Source Bengaluru: The Siddaramaiah-led Indian National Congress (INC) party government in the state of Karnataka appears to have taken off with a series of bumps, to begin with. Many cabinet ministers, even before their portfolios were announced officially started making pronouncements unbecoming of any responsible authority. Some, in a hurry to hit the headlines, also stooped to make a mockery of themselves. K Venkatesh, Animal Husbandry Minister is the latest bright star in this regard. Why not cows slaughter? Animal Husbandry Minister K Venkatesh hinted at the withdrawal of the anti-cow slaughter law in his interaction with the media persons after taking over as a Minister. He also went on to add-“The present anti-cow slaughter legislation makes a provision for slaughtering buffaloes but not cows…But why cows shouldn’t be slaughtered? Many farmers are in trouble due to the stipulati

Karnataka continues to repeat history

With the declaration of the 10 May general election results today and the Indian National Congress (INC) sweeping the polls upsetting the Bharatiya Janata Party’s apple cart is another reiteration of the state people’s tendency of repeating the history by packing off the ruling party in the dispensation. Although, the wave for change was candid clear by the writing on the wall but not to such an extent taking the Congress itself a big surprise. Oft repeated tendency: Just a few days prior to the polls no one in the political arena ever wondered about such a mandate but the Congress leaders repeatedly made claims of forming the government on their own. The practice of the state voters disowning the party in power began way back in 1978 and it has continued until this day in every other election but for the midterm poll during 1985. Gateway to South lost: By losing Karnataka, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has lost its only bastion in the whole of South India as all other remaining s

Karnataka: Swarthameva Jayate

“Politics make strange bedfellows’, is quite a common phrase to describe odd, unexpected alliances and agreements caused for a shared political interest. These days the literal meaning of such saying can be evinced in the state of Karnataka. Just three weeks remain for the 10 May 2023 general elections to the state Assembly while political scenario continues to remain murkier every passing day with no signs of the situation changing for better. Every day you hear about politicians with a variety of hues embracing some other color, which they had been fighting tooth and nail all along in their political innings. Well, that is the traumatic condition the state polls have stooped to!                                                                                         Image Source Unanimity among all parties: Interestingly, the tendency of peoples’ representatives changing sides overnight is not just restricted to either the ruling or major opposition parties alone. In fact, there has

Karnataka Reservation Policy evolves into a controversy

Bengaluru: The recent pronouncement of the Basavaraj Bommai-led Bharatiya Janata Party government shifting the four per cent reservation status of Muslims to the Veerashiva-Lingayat and Vokkaliga communities in 2B category and transferring the Muslims to the 10 per cent Economically Weaker Sections (EWS), has triggered a major controversy in the state. An announcement of Assembly polls is expected any time now and the crucial decision has paved for law and order problems as well. New issue for political tussle: Muslims being stripped from the facility they had been enjoying ever since 2004 under the Other Backward Classes (OBCs’) bracket and placing them on par with forward communities like Brahmins under EWS has added fuel to the ongoing political tussle between the ruling and opposition parties, while the latter is already on a combat mode against the ruling dispensation. CM defends shift in stance: Basavaraj Bommai, Chief Minister has been vociferously defending the change of sta

Hindu women forced to wear Hijab, remove Kumkum in Tumakuru

Hijab continues to make headlines in Karnataka for all the wrong and unfounded reasons and this time around a few Muslim food catering companies have been accused of forcing Hindu lady employees to wear hijabs and remove Kumkum. Perhaps the development would have gone unnoticed had the organizers not indulged in spoilsport by posting a video in this regard. MLA unaware of the incident: Although, the news of the unsavoury and mischievous incident spread like wildfire following widespread protests by rightwing protagonists including the Bajarang Dal, the local legislator admitted to being unaware of any such development. Following repeated and intermittent calls, G.B Jyothi Ganesh, Tumakuru Bharatiya Janata Party MLA at last picked up the call only to disclose that he was not aware of any such happening in his own constituency! Bajarang Dal protests: However, Manju Bhargav, Tumakuru district Convenor of Bajarang Dal raised a voice of protest on online platforms against the event manage

Anjanadri Betta to figure on international map

Image Source Anjanadri Betta of Kishkinde in Koppal district is all set to develop into an international pilgrim centre, thanks to Basavaraj Bommai, Chief Minister for providing Rs 100 crores in the current year’s budget. The provision of Rs 100 crores in the budget is merely a formality and follows up measure as the decision for doing so had been taken in July last year. Birth place of Lord Anjaneya: Since ages Anjanadri Betta of Kishkinde in Koppal district is believed to be the birth place of Lord Hanuman. The same has also found mention in the text books, sacred texts and the epic itself. However, on 21 April 2021 on the occasion of Sri Ram Navami the Tirumal Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) proclaimed “mythological, epigraphic and geographic evidence” to claim that Tirumala is the birth place of Lord Hanuman. The TTD constituted an eight member committee in order to substantiate its new found claim, never ever made earlier. This committee comprised of Sanskrit and Vedic scholars and e