November holds a special place in Karnataka's history. It was on November 1st 1956 that the state of Karnataka was carved out of the then presidencies. Each year; this day is celebrated as the birth of the Mysore state later renamed as Karnataka.
Now why am I talking about this? This was an historical event which; nowadays is politicized for selfish purpose. The state of Karnataka has its unique flag; which one can see at most places. But in recent times; its actually a mockery; with the Rajyotsava only belonging to auto rickshaw wallas and cab drivers. The meaning of patriotism is lost. Now this state festival is celebrated with a sense of hatred towards the arch-rivals; the Tamils. No; it would be a blunder on my part if I say people harbour this hatred. Its all created by the corrupt politicians for their selfish reason; people are living in harmony. Who could forget the 1992 Cauvery riots; where innocent people were victims?
There are a couple of so called Pro-Kannada organizations which have cropped up in recent times. They are self appointed guardians of languages; having ridiculous demands like forcing local language in schools, corporate offices; demanding renaming of Airports; roads and other public infrastructure. Its funny to notice that these self-appointed guardians were once underworld criminals and were in Most-Wanted list.
How come the patriotism all of a sudden? One who indulges in criminal activities; how can you claim yourself patriotic towards the state; when you were not patriotic to the country? And who gave them the authority to police common people?
Images from photos.ibibo.com
Observed the pictures above? That's the state flag. And one can see such flags on high rise glass buildings around Bangalore. One can see these flags on corporate offices, malls, star hotels. Know the genuine reason? This flag protects the buildings; from the stones hurled at those glass facades. Few anti-social elements keep waiting for an opportunity to turn any issue to state issue; they somehow knot any god forsaken issue as a threat to the language!!!! - like when actor Dr. Rajkumar was kidnapped; when the same actor passed away.....what the heck was the relation between patriotism and he being kidnapped or passing away? These guardians also indulge in holding corporates to ransom on the pretext of showing useless fanaticism.
Just wait for a chance, behave atrociously; damage public property and the whole state limps; while the common man suffers for no fault of his; while the per day economic earnings of the state tumbles down....
Is this called patriotism; which is inconvenient to people and against the interest of the country?
Another news that was shocking was when MNS chief insisted that each MLA swearing in wake of the Maharashtra elections must do it in Marathi. Where has the basic human right gone? Its a constitutional right that the swearing in can happen in any of the 15 languages that is officially recognized as preferred by the candidate.
All these drama when our Bhai is silently intruding into our border and holding its claim on Arunachal Pradesh. Peculiarly; India is not only soft but also pretends as if all the provocations have gone unnoticed. China has been sending signals to show their dominance; cross-border incursion into Arunachal Pradesh; issuing stapled paper visas to Kashmiris; showing Kashmir as an independent nation; setting up earthquake monitoring station at the foot of the Everest and objecting PM's visit to Arunachal Pradesh. The reaction of India towards all these has been confusing. Our external policies are not strong enough; coupled with our politicians selfishness and shortsightedness; which has compounded the problem.
What with each one indulging in petty cat fights; it sure has compounded. Well, how many of them would know the North Eastern states and their capitals?
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