Even as anti-incumbency forces in the State focus on the financial corruption witnessed during five years of the Bharatiya Janata Party rule, a book seeking to highlight “ideological corruption” and the growth of communal forces in this period was released here on Tuesday.

A compendium of 16 essays written by prominent journalists, activists, lawyers and academics, Five Years of Saffron Rule in Karnataka has been edited by Ambrose Pinto, director of St. Joseph’s Evening College and social commentator.

The book, published by Manak Publications, has essays on topics ranging from the ‘made snana’ and saffronisation of textbooks to human rights violations, police excesses, the church attacks of 2008, the pub attack on 2009 and other wanton acts of violence

Describing the effort as “incredibly detailed” during his talk at the release function, Chandan Gowda, associate professor of sociology at Azim Premji University, said: “This book will show you that corruption is not just financial.” Arvind Narrain of the Alternative Law Forum, who has co-authored a chapter with his colleague Clifton D. Rozario, said the saffronisation project under the BJP rule was defined by the attacks on churches, youths at a pub in Mangalore and on inter-community couples, all the result of an ideology that struck at the very roots of the Indian Constitution.


  • A compendium of 16 essays written by prominent journalists, activists, lawyers, academics released

  • The topics range from ‘made snana’ and saffronisation of textbooks to rights violations


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