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Language and urban discontent

Bursts of aggressive Kannada activism seen in Bengaluru emerge from a sense of alienation in the local population over governance failures

Bengaluru: Activists of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (Narayana Gowda faction) during a rally over the 60 per cent Kannada sign board rules, in Bengaluru, Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2023. The organisation on Wednesday targeted business establishments in Bengaluru and damaged their signboards and name plates which did not use Kannada. (PTI Photo) (PTI12_27_2023_000190B)(PTI)
Updated on Jan 04, 2024 02:31 AM IST

The many lives of a regional party

One cannot rule out the possibility that the JD(S)-BJP alliance is just another marriage that the party has got into in the hope of benefitting from the divorce

JD(S) leader and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda (right) with his son HD Kumaraswamy (left). (PTI)
Updated on Sep 27, 2023 09:29 PM IST

Karnataka results could pave the road to 2024

For the BJP, it's the mantra of centralisation and focus on PM Modi. The Congress is leaning on local leaders and a narrative of federalism

The BJP looks set to fight 2024 on a version of Hindutva symbolised by the person of PM Modi and his welfare push. The Congress is looking to focus on decentralisation by promoting local leaders, and imposing electoral costs on potential defectors (AFP)
Updated on May 06, 2023 07:46 PM IST
ByNarendar Pani

Karnataka results showed the importance of strategic voting in Indian elections

Post the results, the strategic alliance between the JD(S) and the BJP ceased to exist. However, the fact that the main enemy on the ground for the JD(S) is the Congress, and not the BJP, could well change strategic considerations once again in the not-too-distant future

Former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah (L) and Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy (R) waiting outside the governor's house, Bengaluru, May 15, 2018(REUTERS)
Published on May 17, 2018 06:15 PM IST
ByNarendar Pani

JD(S): A party in hibernation that’s relevant only during polls in Karnataka

The upcoming elections in Karnataka have seen the JD(S) in full flow, right from picking up discards, identifying new entrants, and making constituency-level deals. The only difference is that this time they are up against Siddarammaiah who comes from the same JD(S) tradition

JD(S) president HD Deve Gowda at an election campaign, Mysuru, Karnataka(PTI)
Updated on May 03, 2018 12:02 PM IST
ByNarendar Pani

Karnataka state flag: Siddaramaiah does the balancing act among different interests

He will have to convince the Congress high command that he is not creating a problem for it in other states, even as he calms the anger of Kannada groups on their flag not being made the official one

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah unveiling the proposed state flag which will be sent for the Centre’s approval, Bengaluru, Karnataka, March 8, 2018(Arijit Sen/HT)
Updated on Mar 16, 2018 09:58 PM IST
ByNarendar Pani

There’s a strategic shift in Congress’ campaign tactics in Karnataka

From projecting Rahul Gandhi as the Congress’ charismatic face in 2014, the party is now projecting him as a leader of an effective army of prominent state-level leaders

Congress President Rahul Gandhi with Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaih and party leaders at a local snack shop, near Raichur, Karnataka, February 12(PTI)
Published on Feb 17, 2018 03:35 PM IST
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