‘Monuments to nothingness of identity politics’

Editorial in The Indian Express:

“Eighteen years after it was first installed, it looks like Bangalore might finally get to glimpse Tamil poet-saint Thiruvalluvar’s graven image. So much Tamil pride is bound up with the sainted Thiruvalluvar; and much Kannada pride hinges on countering Tamil grandiosity….

“Statues make powerful statements about their time and context. They can be abiding symbols of civic pride or relics of a long-ago past. The toppling of statues is the Kodak moment for historical change. The Karnataka-Tamil Nadu statue saga though is something else altogether. It is a monument to intransigent identity politics, the squabbles that can erupt out of apparent nothings and feed into a vast and pointless animus.”

Read the full article: Casting the first stone

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