H.D. DEVE GOWDA: India’s smartest politician?

The world seems to be divided diametrically between two kinds of people: those who love H.D. Deve Gowda, and those who love to loathe H.D. Deve Gowda.

Whether it is  stabbing Ramakrishna Hegde in the back to achieve his prime ministerial ambition, pushing N.R. Narayana Murthy to a corner on Infosys’ acquisition of land, hassling Ashok Kheny on the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastucture Corridor, sleeping with the BJP to install his son H.D. Kumaraswamy as chief minister, or cosying up to the Congress to become Vice-President, Deve Gowda sparks virulent reactions from his admirers and adversaries.

In which camp are you?

Are you among those who believe that the man is a master of the political game? Somebody who knows what string to pull to achieve what he wants? Somebody for whom only the end matters, the means be damned?

Or are you among those who believe that he epitomises the very worst of Indian politics? Wily, selfish, casteist, corrupt, visionless? Somebody who is pushing Karnataka politics to a point of no return? Somebody we are better off without?

Speak up, as Karnataka politics heads for another dramatic inflection point.