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‘Modi go back’ slogans rent the air

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Freedom fighter H.S. Doreswamy addressing a protest meeting against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s arrival in Bangalore on Sunday. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
The Hindu Freedom fighter H.S. Doreswamy addressing a protest meeting against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s arrival in Bangalore on Sunday. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

‘Hindutva experiment has well and truly failed in Karnataka’

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangalore to campaign for the BJP was opposed by a group of Dalit and secular organisations on Sunday. The agitators, who said that Mr. Modi was responsible for the 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom in Gujarat, gathered under heavy police presence at Ananda Rao Circle under the banner of Nyakkagi Naavu.

“That Mr. Modi is not being made to campaign extensively in Karnataka is proof of the fact that his brand of divisive politics doesn’t find wide endorsement in Karnataka,” K.L. Ashok of Nyakkagi Naavu told the gathering. He added, “The BJP is trying to shield him from the wrath of the people of this State who have a long history of pro-people and secular movements.”

Even as the protesters shouted slogans saying “Modi go back” and “Karnataka is not Gujarat”, Mr. Ashok said, “The Hindutva experiment has well and truly failed in Karnataka. Even in places such as Hubli, Chikmagalur, Davangere and the coastal districts — where the Sangh Parivar is seen as powerful — there is a growing resentment toward the ideology which has resulted in vicious attacks against not just minorities but also women, Dalits and the youth.”

Dalit leader Indudar Honnapura dismissed the argument that a citizen of India has the right to travel anywhere he wishes. “Mr. Modi is not an ordinary citizen. He is accused of crimes against humanity and is solely responsible for the ‘genocide’ in Gujarat.”

He expressed concern over the attempts of some corporations to “airbrush” Mr. Modi’s image by projecting him as a “messiah of development”. He said, “His name being projected as the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate is purely a construct of the corporate-funded media.” He said, “Corporates have no ideology or commitment to human values. They only want to make money. We saw this in Nazi Germany too where several large corporates actively helped Hitler in the war effort.”

Echoing this view, freedom fighter H.S. Doreswamy said, “People of this State should say ‘no’ to Modi and ‘no’ to the BJP.”

Lamenting the spate of corruption cases that were exposed during the BJP rule, he said that every marginalised and weak section of society had borne the brunt of that party’s divisive ideology.

Mr. Ashok also rejected the claim that Gujarat has flourished economically under Mr. Modi and said: “The average daily wage rate is Rs. 218 in Kerala and Rs. 116 in Gujarat. The average rural wage is Rs. 152 in Punjab and Rs. 83 in Gujarat. Of the 12 developed States in India, Gujarat has been ranked 11 on Human Development Indices of 2011. According to UNICEF, every second child aged less than five is malnourished in Gujarat. Three of four children in the same age bracket are anaemic.”

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BJP is bankrupt for want of effective leadership; except Advani who keeps mentioning Secularism once in a while, the rest of the jingband keep mouthing communal / RSS / Hindutva versions to keep alive the BJP that has lost its lustre. This is another reason why they are projecting him as BJP-PM future candidate BJP minus Hindutva plus secularism is one way out from this problem. Modi may be helping a section of Gujaratis because he has created a terror-like atmosphere against those who speak against BJP. Modi Mantra does not work in a highly secular State like Karnataka.

from:  Vasanthkumar Mysoremath
Posted on: May 1, 2013 at 07:42 IST

Modi has proven himself in giving a consistent and effective governance to Gujarat, which has depicted his capability in giving highly stable rule for more than a decade which got appreciations from all over world.. I'm a Kannadiga by birth and wish Narendra Modi to be the next Prime Minister of India..
Never forget the achievements of Mr Modi, before abusing him without any evidence..
He is Great Leader and only way we offer our greeting is by honoring him and his presence in our Karnataka state.
Never forget the great and first of its kind "Thorium Power plant", which no one in world dared to implement none the less but only and only Mr Modi.. Justify who else in the world have guts to go against big fuel and give power independence..?

from:  yatish
Posted on: Apr 29, 2013 at 20:23 IST

It is laughable how people with almost no knowledge of the political
scenario India decide to comment on articles such as these. Now,a very
discernible evidence of the 'intolerant' attitude of the protesting
groups referred to in the article as also some of those who decided to
comment is there unwillingness to let people decide what is good for
them. The protesters say that 'Hindutva' has failed in Karnataka. If
it is so then the party preaching it will be voted out of power. Mr
Modi has as much a right to voice his opinion as the protesters right
to protest. Also,people who decide to look down upon people from other
states have no right to lecture someone on secular values.

from:  Avinash
Posted on: Apr 29, 2013 at 18:41 IST

The past(2002)may be history but people will not forget history easily.
Modi is attempting to hoodwink people into believing that Gujarat is in
the forefront of 'development'but the facts show otherwise.

from:  T.M.Mathews
Posted on: Apr 29, 2013 at 17:28 IST

Reply to Mr Alvares comment below, how can someone force people to vote
for Modi in Gujarat.. can you be forced to vote for anyone. Please do
not give such irresponsible comments..but people can be persuaded on
communal lines and divided on caste basis..the days of poll booth
looting and bogus voting are over thanks to very active and strict
Election commissioner of India.

from:  Samuel
Posted on: Apr 29, 2013 at 14:59 IST

angela alvares u are doubting EC ??, democracy in India?? ,39 %
gujarati voted for congress are they fearful or bravest of lot, come on
except verdict of gujarati voters

from:  nimesh
Posted on: Apr 29, 2013 at 14:58 IST

People only know half the truth. Modi himself belongs to OBC and had
no godfather in politics. No state is perfect. Malnourished u say,
well NEW DELHI has more percent of malnourished people. And if people
actually do their own research and not be fooled by misleading tv
channels and media, they ll see how Gujarat has progressed in last
decade. Then people keep saying thousands and thousands of people
died. actual number is 1044. Out of this number 259 were were hindus.
and i have not counted people burned in the train. If u think he is
communal then lets make comparison with
1969 communal violence under CONGRESS regime in GUJARAT
Bhagalpur violence under congress regime
1984 sikh massacre under congress regime
1993 mumbai violence
1949 communal violence in hyderbad where hindus were terrified even to
say anything.
there are many more but no one will talk about them. And i think
everyone knows the reason why!

from:  prabhat
Posted on: Apr 29, 2013 at 13:51 IST

mr, angela, we gujarati are safest people in the world but u cant
understan that. for that you have to come in gujarat.u cann't see women
wondering at 12 am in any other state. we all love modi ya congress and
his supporter is definately terrified by him cause no one in gujarat
want most communal party like congress.

from:  jitu
Posted on: Apr 29, 2013 at 12:35 IST

enthusiastic big crowd for Modi's speech in Bangalore is the answer for this pseudo seculars!!

from:  C S Sundaresha
Posted on: Apr 29, 2013 at 10:38 IST

Good show! Telling it like it is. You cannot fool Kannadigas. They are one step ahead
of everybody else especially terrified population of Gujerat, (forced to vote Modi) and
brawny but naive and easily duped North Indians

from:  angela alvares
Posted on: Apr 29, 2013 at 09:56 IST
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