[《Yeddyurappa played a key role in taking the BJP from a position of insignificance to a position of strength in Karnataka. He hopes to become chief minister once more later this year. Is he worried that the nakedly communal rhetoric of the state's Adityanaths will spoil his chances? That is one possibility. Another is that, as always, the sangh parivar speaks in multiple voices. When I posted the report of Yeddyurappa's public chastisement of his party colleagues on Twitter, one person commented: "Sangh parivar is like multi head[ed] Hydra of Lerna. Each head manages different vote banks but are all connected to RSS. All votes for Yeddi the moderate & Simha the "bigot" etc. goes to RSS that nominates it's choice for power & drives its ideological agenda through them."》]
https://www.telegraphindia.com/opinion/karnataka-in-sight-198864 Karnataka in sight Keeping out the Adityanaths Politics and Play - Ramachandra Guha Jan 06, 2018 00:00 IST Among the assembly elections that will be held in 2018 is one in my home state, Karnataka. This is particularly important to the Congress, since Karnataka is the largest state it currently controls; and to the Bharatiya Janata Party, since Karnataka is the one southern state where it has any significant presence. Whereas the BJP has four members of the legislative assembly in Andhra Pradesh, five in Telangana, one in Kerala and none at all in Tamil Nadu, it has more than 40 MLAs in Karnataka. The party held power in the state between 2008 and 2013, and hopes to return to office later this year. In the fourth week of December 2017, the Karnataka unit of the BJP began a 'Parivarthana Yatra', a tour of party leaders and workers through the state to mobilize voters for the assembly election. The yatra was flagged off by Adityanath, chief minister of India's largest state, Uttar Pradesh, who is now emerging as the most influential BJP leader after the prime minister, Narendra Modi. In his speech inaugurating the yatra, Adityanath claimed that the state government led by the chief minister, Siddaramaiah, "instead of worshipping Hanuman and Vijayanagar, was worshipping Tipu Sultan... If Karnataka dismisses Congress in one go, no one else will come to worship Tipu Sultan". Adityanath also complained that in Karnataka people were allowed to eat beef, thus (in his view) further violating the sentiments of Hindus. It is noteworthy that Adityanath used an explicitly communal idiom in criticizing the Congress in Karnataka. He could have spoken of how Siddaramaiah's government has allowed the civic infrastructure of Bangalore, the city that is the state's growth engine and provides most of its tax revenues, to decay. But he didn't. He could have warned that the parochial 'Kannada first and foremost' tendencies of the state government imperilled its information technology and higher education sectors. He didn't. He could have attacked the dynastic culture of the Congress; several state ministers are sons of former ministers, and the chief minister is himself thought to be keen on promoting his son in the next election. But he didn't. He could have urged a greater emphasis on rural development, a sector neglected by all chief ministers in recent decades. He didn't. Instead of making legitimate and credible criticisms of the functioning of the Congress government in Karnataka, Adityanath sought merely to polarize Hindus against Muslims. Sitting next to Adityanath when he made his speech was B. S. Yeddyurappa, the prospective chief ministerial candidate of the BJP in Karnataka. Yeddyurappa said nothing at the time, but, a few days later, gave an interview to The Hindu where he claimed that his party would fight the assembly elections on the plank of development. Two BJP members of parliament from the state had recently been making provocative statements against minorities. Yeddyurappa now sought to put them in their place. Speaking in Shivamogga to a correspondent of The Hindu, he said he "had advised young leaders in the party, including Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde and Pratap Simha, MP for Mysuru, several times against pursuing an aggressive brand of Hindutva and issuing insensitive statements". The Hindu report went on: "'Elected representatives should not exceed their brief and should discharge their obligations within the framework of law,' Mr. Yeddyurappa said... 'Young MPs should work with an inclusive spirit and maintain dignity of their office,' he said." Karnataka's former chief minister, who also hopes to be his state's future chief minister, "said the BJP will not try to win the forthcoming Assembly elections by raking up sensitive issues, but on development agenda". The MPs whom Yeddyurappa singled out are, as it were, the Adityanaths of Karnataka. Like the UP chief minister, they affect a machismo image, speak in polemical and even vicious terms, and do not always show respect for the rule of law. Simha drove his car through a police barricade; Hegde said his party had come to power in New Delhi to change the Constitution (he since withdrew this claim, after being condemned in Parliament and on social media). Their conduct is unbecoming of elected representatives; even when judged by the relatively lax standards of our time and our country. But so is Adityanath's. He has faced multiple charges for assault and rioting, made the most hateful speeches, and maintains a private army of vigilantes. Why didn't Yeddyurappa mention him while speaking out against divisive politics and when asking his partymen to focus on the plank of development? One reason could be that in the BJP's hierarchy Adityanath ranks far higher than Yeddyurappa. He is chief minister of India's largest state. Yeddyurappa daren't take him on, whereas he can chastise MPs from Karnataka who are junior to him in state politics. Yeddyurappa played a key role in taking the BJP from a position of insignificance to a position of strength in Karnataka. He hopes to become chief minister once more later this year. Is he worried that the nakedly communal rhetoric of the state's Adityanaths will spoil his chances? That is one possibility. Another is that, as always, the sangh parivar speaks in multiple voices. When I posted the report of Yeddyurappa's public chastisement of his party colleagues on Twitter, one person commented: "Sangh parivar is like multi head[ed] Hydra of Lerna. Each head manages different vote banks but are all connected to RSS. All votes for Yeddi the moderate & Simha the "bigot" etc. goes to RSS that nominates it's choice for power & drives its ideological agenda through them." As 2017 came to a close, Adityanath inaugurated the BJP's 'Parivarthana Yatra' in Karnataka. Earlier in the year, in a bid to expand their party's influence in another southern state, Amit Shah and Adityanath led a BJP yatra in Kerala. They got such a poor response that they quickly returned to where they had come from. A state that has the best health facilities in India did not want lessons on (mis)governance from Adityanath, who, in spite of being a five-time MP from Gorakhpur, could not even assure the provision of oxygen to the town's hospitals, leading to the wholly avoidable deaths of babies and children. It is unlikely that Adityanath is going to re-enter Kerala any time soon. Nor is it likely that he will make tours and speeches in Tamil Nadu, or in Andhra and Telangana either. But he may yet return to Karnataka. For here the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the BJP have a well-established organizational base. And there are some communal flashpoints that they can exploit. In Chikmagalur, they have for some years tried to make the Baba Budan Giri Hills a southern Ayodhya, seeking to convert a syncretic site visited by Hindus and Muslims into the property of extremist Hindus alone. In Dakshina Kannada, where the three major religious communities all have their share of fundamentalists, they can pit Hindus on one side against Muslims and Christians on the other. After Adityanath made his speech inaugurating the BJP's campaign, a Kannadiga friend, deeply proud of his state's culture and achievements, pointed out that while many young men and women migrate every year from Lucknow to Bengaluru for work, few (if any) migrate in the reverse direction. In terms of economic growth, social harmony, education and health facilities, and women's empowerment, UP is one of the backward states in India; and Adityanath seeks to take it further back still. Should the residents of Karnataka, whatever language they speak and whatever religion they profess, take lessons from a man like Adityanath on how to conduct their own affairs? As the countdown to the 2018 Karnataka elections begin, it will be interesting to see what role Adityanath plays in the BJP's campaign. And what role the party assigns the local Adityanaths too. If they do campaign, and speak as is their wont, how will Yeddyurappa respond? That is a question only Yeddyurappa can answer. But it is vital that the ordinary, sensible, peace-loving citizens of Karnataka respond appropriately. A state known for its open-minded spirit, its hospitality to hardworking people of all backgrounds, its spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship, its astonishing richness of culture and literature, must not be seduced by Hindutva hatred and bigotry. The people of Karnataka must emphatically reject the politics of Adityanath, and of his local disciples and imitators too. ramachandrag...@yahoo.in -- Peace Is Doable -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Green Youth Movement" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to greenyouth+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit this group at https://groups.google.com/group/greenyouth. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout.