Aside from being the first BJP government below the Vindhyas, there has been nothing—zero, zilch, nada; sonne, poojayam, shoonya—to write home about the B.S. Yediyurappa government.
Although the words “governance” and “development” trip off the chief minister’s tongue at the sight of a mike, the only “change” that the people of the State have seen is a change of hands and heads steeped in scandal, sleaze, controversy, corruption, communalism, dissidence, not to speak of rank non-performance.
However, if there is one area in which “Yeddy” can even half-way claim credit, it is in breaking the shameful deadlock with his Tamil Nadu counterpart Muthuvel Karunanidhi over the installation of the statue of Sarvagna in Madras—for the reciprocal installation of a statue of Thiruvallur in Bangalore.
For nearly a decade, the busts of the great Kannada and Tamil poets lay hostage to the verbal and physical terrorism of the language chauvinists on both sides of the Cauvery, acting in the name of a life-giving, life-sustaining river. Thankfully, hopefully, that is now a thing of the past.
On Tuesday, Thiruvalluvar’s statue, which lay covered in the Tamil-dominated locality of Ulsoor, was first smoked out of its honey combs, and then removed and lowered, to make space for a new bronze structure statue waiting to be installed on August 9.
The BJP’s motive may be suspect—political analysts say the party is eyeing the Tamil vote in the Bangalore City Corporation elections—especially given Yediyurappa’s despicable attempt to ratchet up the Hongenakal row, but even so, few will grudge the sight of the two States acting in sync, for once, as two civilised States should.
Photographs: Karnataka Photo News
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