The only feet any Chief Minister should fall at

From a shameless obsequiousness born out of fear, favour and worse, Indian politicians love to see the cameras catching them falling at the feet and knees of shady godmen, swamijis, babas and other assorted frauds. In Karnataka, where the silly superstitions of the JDS and BJP have turned witchcraft into statecraft, it is little short of a disgrace.

In Bangalore on Thursday, Karnataka chief minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda reaches for the feet of the only true gods in a secular republic—“We, the People”—as he helps tie the “Jaipur Foot” of a recipient at a camp to distribute free artificial limbs. The event was organised by the Rotary club of Bangalore Peenya, and Sri Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti, Jaipur.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News


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