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An Open Letter to the Chief Minister of Karnataka

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We are a group of concerned citizens from different walks of life based in Karnataka who, like lakhs of fellow citizens, are deeply disturbed by the recent developments in the state that threaten to destroy the peace, diversity, and pluralism for which “Kannada Naadu” has long been known and admired. We believe it is our duty to bring our concerns and suggestions to your attention for corrective action.

Karnataka has had a long-standing and proud history of communal harmony that predates the formation of the state in 1956. Our history of striving for a harmonious society is exemplified by the efforts of the 12th-century poet–philosopher Basaveshwara towards social and religious reform as well as syncretic traditions across the state that bear testimony to the peaceful coexistence of communities over centuries. It is not for nothing that our Rashtrakavi Kuvempu’s naada geethe (state anthem) described this land as “sarva janangada shantiya thota”—a garden of peace for diverse communities—nearly a century ago. It is this open-minded and cosmopolitan culture of Karnataka that has made it a magnet for creative and innovative minds from across the country in more recent times.

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Updated On : 20th Sep, 2022
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