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    October 04, 2006

    Bandh for Belgaum

    Today is a state-wide bandh in Karnataka in support of the state's claim over Belgaum. Coming as it does barely a week after a legislature session was held in Belgaum and a decision taken to make it a second capital, it reeks of nothing but political one-upmanship.

    As a result of the bandh, there're no activity. No shopping, no schools, very little public transport, no autos, no offices ... and more critically, no cable TV! I called up my cable TV operator and he declared proudly that I had no right to ask for telecast since I was in Karnataka and I should respect Kannada sentiments.

    I've gradually lost respect for these so-called Kannada sentiments over the last four years that I've been here. Now I'm on the verge of doing an Arundhati Roy, and declaring secession from Karnataka. Since I'm anyway losing respect, I might as well point out that Karnataka would be among the very few states in India which has territorial or water disputes with each and every neighbour state. Belgaum with Maharashtra, Kaveri with Kerala & Tamil Nadu, Mahadeyi/Mandovi with Goa and Krishna with Andhra Pradesh. Maybe, just maybe, Kannadigas ought to read this line from Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" (1599 - Act I - Scene 2 - Rows: 140-141)

    The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.
    A state government that cannot take a tough stand against a needless bandh is unfit to be in power. A judicial system which continues to be mocked by parties of all hues in spite of its earlier pronouncements on strikes, bandhs and hartals, needs to wake up and seriously re-evaluate itself.

    Previous rabble rousing random ramblings about Kannada/Karnataka: Moratorium on non-Kannada movies, language paranoia in Bangalore, Bangalore's name change, reaction to Rajkumar's death and protests against Imsai Arasan 23am Pulikesi.

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