Address: Vidhana Soudha, Karnataka
Recent developments in Karnataka’s political landscape have been termed as disgusting, murder of democracy, constitutional blasphemy, horse trading, heights of immorality and thank goodness that I have ran out of derogatory adjectives. As Karnataka’s political fate hangs by a thin thread above a bottomless well**, I wonder whether the thread will cut on its own or will some headless chickens‡ bite it.
The print media in the state of Karnataka have had a history of being sympathetic (partial) towards not only certain political ideologies but also political parties. Although, this phenomenon is not unique to Karnataka, off late the emergence of politically skewed news channels have really changed the way the game is played. Journalism that takes biased positions has deteriorated the political situation further.
Amidst all this, we have seen a tendency of many to attribute the entire blame on the political class of the state. A large number of MLAs frequently say that 6 crore people of Karnataka are watching them and they will decide. What is there to decide? The corridors of power and money, centred in and revolving around Bangalore have never been as tainted as they are now. These developments have made me wonder whether the people of Karnataka have changed over the years. Have we elected people who are like us? Are we greedy, and materialistic? Do we get what we deserve? Did we have a choice in the first place?
I discuss serious politics (by serious I mean serious) with like-minded people I know. Over the last month or so, I have repeatedly and openly said that I feel ashamed that I am a Kannadiga and that I live in Karnataka. A state that had seen some of the finest princely rulers, some of the best local assembly members and parliamentarians, is now almost a failed state. Yes, a handful of people, who do not have an ounce of morality, cannot take away a state’s rich heritage. I believe in learning and preserving things from the past. It does not mean that we live like dead in the present. I cannot forget that we live in the present. Bad memories create bad sectors within our brain’s hard disk. One can clean the disk and remove the troublesome, useless junk files. However, repairing and reclaiming memory sectors that is already lost is not possible, and if possible it will be impractically expensive.
Hayavadana trading company unlimited is now working round the clock. It had a motto that said ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ಕೆಲಸ ದೇವರ ಕೆಲಸ (sarkArada kelasa dEvara kelasa = Government’s work needs to be done with religious fervour and dedication). To achieve that the company workers were suppose to work like donkeys. An important thing to bear in mind is the fact that it is working round the clock to buy and sell donkeys instead of horses. It does not even do what it says on the tin.
GaardaBHa trading company unlimited is the unregistered actual name of the company at Vidhaana Soudha. GOmukha vyaaGHra trading company is the name from its janma-kundali. I think we, the people of Karnataka are not what we were many years ago.
*a man with the head (face) of a horse
**the infamous well at the assembly hall in Vidhana Soudha
‡former Indian Ambassador to the United States, Ronen Sen’s famous quotable quote