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.