A prominent question since the declaration of the results of the general elections of 2019 has been: why was Karnataka the outlier in the South?
Why did the state of Basavanna and Kuvempu, a diverse land of spirituality and literature, vote differently from the rest of the peninsula? Why did it hand the BJP 25 of the 28 Lok Sabha seats?
The simple answer is Karnataka has not just been the BJP’s “gateway to the south” but its very laboratory, where the pilot projects are tested before they are released nationally. In 2019, the final test was done.
Harsh Mander, the IAS officer turned activist, who heads the beautiful Karawan-e-Mohabbat, says Karnataka is only next to Yogi Adityanath‘s Uttar Pradesh in hate crimes.
Worse, the coastal district of Dakshina Kannada—the karmabhoomi of Church attacks, love jihad, cow slaughter, economic boycott, fake news etc—is the No.1 district in India in hate crimes.
There have been 948 incidents of hate crimes since Narendra Modi came to power in 2014, including 117 lynchibgs and 258 assaults, besides attacks on mosques and churches and other forms of harassment of the minorities.
Karnataka accounts for 111 incidents, with 553 victims.
Harsh Mander compared the current situation in the country to Germany of the 1930s.
“After the war ended, young Germans asked their parents why they did not stop the Nazis from persecuting the Jews and trying to conquer Europe. Their answer then was ‘we didn’t know.’ “We in India do not have the luxury of such ignorance,” he said.
Screenshot: courtesy Deccan Herald