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Despite A Broader Social Base, BJP’s Ideology Is Yet To Find A Larger Acceptance In Karnataka

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Despite A Broader Social Base, BJP’s Ideology Is Yet To Find A Larger Acceptance In Karnataka

Riding piggy back on the shifting allegiance of the Lingayats, the most dominant caste group in Karnataka, BJP has managed to capture power by raking up communally sensitive issues

Saffron fervour: BJP supporters at PM Modi rally in Mysuru Photo: Getty Images

Victory to the Daughter of Mother India
Victory to Mother Karnataka
(Jaya Bharata Jananiya Tanu Jaate; Jayahe Karnataka Maate)

These are the opening lines of the Karnataka state anthem. The anthem, written originally as a song by towering Kannada litterateur Kuvempu, pays obeisance to Mother India before extolling the virtues of Kannada land. It is suggestive of a national imagination of politics that Karnataka has always cherished, while politics in other states in the South acquired a strong regional manifestation.

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