A century is a long time in State’s power politics

Asia’s first hydro-electric power station was set up in Karnataka. But that was a century and ten years ago, and that was under the gaze of visionaries like Sir M. Visvesvaraya.

In circa 2011, when politicians and administrators can only see cuts, kickbacks and commissions in every project they undertake (or don’t), school children study by candlelight, in Hubli on Tuesday, as the scheduled loadshedding in the State entered the second day.

Meanwhile, the State power minister Shobha Karandlaje has taken the BJP’s default position on every issue: blaming her Congress predecessors, blaming the Centre, blaming the Telangana crisis and indeed blaming everybody but herself for the power crisis.

Photographs: Karnataka Photo News

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'Suvarna News' anchor Ranganath Bharadwaj (right) hosts a show on the power crisis in Karnataka with candle lights in the studios as props

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