ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Kannada and Politics of State Protection

Kannada and Politics of State Protection Janaki Nair THE recent agitation against the telecast of Urdu news in Bangalore once more confirmed that there is little to comfort those who believed that the city is immune to sectarian conflicts. Since the Gokak agitation of the early 1980s, the caste and communal disturbances of 1986, the anti-Tamil riots of 1990 and the 1992 communal riots there were already signs that when push comes to shove, the complacent Bangalorean was quite capable of disruptive and even brutal actions. This time, unlike the Gokak agitation, which mobilised people from all over Karnataka, the violent reaction to the introduction of an Urdu newscast was confined to the city of Bangalore. But what is particularly ominous about recent events is the fact that several agendas seem to have coalesced, so that the democratic content of the agitation demanding recognition and protection of the Kannada language has been entirely eclipsed, giving way to a form of fascistic chauvinism.

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