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Politics Perverted

As the recent crisis shows, governance in Karnataka does not even pretend to be incorruptible; politicians have declared themselves for sale

POLITICS IN KARNATAKA HAS TOUCHED A NADIR, and governance has been reduced to a parody by corruption and opportunism. The open venality in the workings of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government headed by Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa—the first state in southern India to be governed entirely by the right-wing Hindu nationalist party without a coalition—has overshadowed the almost equally corrupt coalition and Congress governments that preceded it. Since its incumbency two years and four months ago, the state government in Bangalore has lurched from one shameful political crisis to another.

 

Paranjoy Guha Thakurta is an independent journalist and an educator. His work experience, spanning 35 years, cuts across different media: print, radio, television and documentary cinema. He is currently a columnist for The Asian Age and lives in New Delhi

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