Normal human beings can’t hide a simple secret.
How on earth do the abnormal human beings who now lord over the state of Karnataka hide 5 lakh tonnes of illegally mined iron ore without anybody noticing? How on earth do they manage to transport 25,000 to 40,000 truck loads of such ore—worth between Rs 150 and Rs 250 crore—across various jurisdictions in 400-500 trucks a day, for months, without anybody noticing?
How on earth do the abnormal human beings manage to illegally export Rs 1,200 crore (or more) of iron ore from the State’s ports over a year, and fabricate 41 gunny sacks of forged permits, without anybody noticing? How on earth can the confiscated ore suddenly “disappear” without anybody noticing?
How on earth can this daylight loot—of the State’s resources, of the State’s environment, of the State’s reputation as a civilised law-abiding State—go on without causing anger and outrage, unless ideology has made us abnormal too and inured us to sleaze and corruption of mind-numbing proporations?
Has law and order completely broken down in Karnataka?
Is the State fit for the imposition of Article 356?
Editorial in The Indian Express titled ‘Contempt of Port’:
“It’s already become clear that Karnataka politics has become deeply compromised by interests vested in the mining economy…. B.S. Yediyurappa himself appears to have made little attempt to follow up on the former Lok Ayukta N. Santosh Hegde’s complaints….
“The state’s politics, particularly that of the ruling BJP, has been deeply influenced by the power of those, especially the Reddy brothers, who run the iron ore mines of Bellary. Karnataka’s government cannot afford to continue to show itself unable to clean house. The open contempt for legality visible at Bellikeri port is extremely disturbing.”
Editorial in Mail Today titled ‘Government of plunderers’:
“The decision of Karnataka’s Lok Ayukta Justice N. Santosh Hegde to resign from his post is a damning indictment of the BJP regime in Karnataka. Justice Hedge’s complaints are a comment on how partisan interests are guiding the functioning of the Karnataka government.
“This episode reiterates two vital issues. One, the mining lobby led by the Reddy brothers, who are ministers in the Yediyurrappa government, continues with its operations, robbing the state of valuable natural resources and damaging the environment.
“Two, as Justice Hegde’s case makes evident, the office of the Lok Ayukta in the states where it exists is unable to live up to its mandate on account of lack of adequate powers and its dependence on the state government on crucial matters.”