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Karnataka Assembly Elections

The May 2013 election to the Karnataka legislative assembly saw the Congress decisively beat the Bharatiya Janata Party. Apart from the ruling party's many misdeeds, what worked against it in a big way was that the minorities, Other Backward Classes, and dalits swung back to their traditional platform, the Congress.

Fatwa, Terrorism and Jehad

The decision of the Deoband school to denounce terrorism in no uncertain terms is welcome. The well-respected school's decision is significant.

Karnataka: The Muted Anti-Reservation Agitation

The current protests against reservation in Karnataka may appear to be largely political in nature. But the protests overlook the historical nature and the wider repercussions in the polity, society and economy that the issue of reservations has had in the state. As a group, the "other backward classes" have come to constitute a politically significant section of the populace. But even as the protests unfold over reservations in government-run higher education institutions, these overlook the fact that the OBC community is in a state of flux and divisions within them indicate that a new social coalition is in the making.

Karnataka Elections : Shifts, New Trends and the Congress Defeat

The Lok Sabha and assembly elections in Karnataka in April 2004 revealed a paradigm shift in the state's politics. While the BJP has made several gains in most regions, boosted by its strong Hindutva base and by the division of votes between the two main secular parties, the state for the first time also looks set for an era of 'secular' coalition politics.

Karnataka: Forest Encroachments, Left Adventurism and Hindutva

Although the Naxalites in Karnataka work among the masses, their struggle has never translated into a popular mass movement; rather it is an armed struggle of the 'squads' or 'dalams'. One consequence of this Naxalite adventurism is the increasing marginalisation of social movements in the state. It also helps the Hindutva lobby to consolidate and expand its base at the cost of popular movements.

Karnataka: Kudremukh: Of Mining and Environment

With the recent Supreme Court verdict on Kudremukh Iron Ore Company, the associated discussions on mining by KIOCL are coming to a close. However, the environmental movement it spawned has several other issues to address, and importantly, the task of creating space for a larger debate from within.

Karnataka: Hindutva Policies in Coastal Region

In recent years, a new confident Hindutva has enforced its presence in several districts of coastal Karnataka, seeking to consolidate its base among diverse castes. Yet, to combat the bonds of economic cohesion and cultural cohabitation that still retain their resilience among communities - Hindu and Muslim, this new Hindutva will need to continually build new identities and deconstruct existing ones.

Karnataka - Universities Bill: Academic Freedom on the Way Out?

The Karnataka State Universities Bill, soon to be presented, will put in place a framework for slowly diminishing the autonomy of the universities. In the process of placing Karnataka on the IT map, college teachers and academics are getting the short shrift.

Karnataka - Seed Tribunal: Interrogating Farmers' Suicides

A 'seed tribunal' was recently held in Karnataka where farmers from various parts of India testified to their problems regarding agriculture. In the face of large-scale suicides by farmers in India, such a meeting assumes enormous significance. The testimonies of the farmers revealed their frustrations, while the jury's 'verdict' ignored important issues.

Karnataka : Changing Shape of Caste Conflict

The recent incidence of caste violence in Karnataka forces the dalit movement there to face the issue of internal conflicts and contradictions, especially subcaste politics of identity formation.

Karnataka : Threats to Syncretic Culture

Karnataka's long syncretic tradition is increasingly coming under attack from elements of the hindutva forces. The Baba Budan Giri incident last December is an illustration of this new focus.

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