An Open Letter From a True Kannadiga to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah

Dear Chief Minister Siddaramaiah,

Karnataka’s growth trajectory and its stature has seen a nose dive in the last four years, owing entirely to the sheer incompetence and mis-governance of the the government led by you. It has been the hallmark of this government to manufacture issues in order to divert attention of the public from its ever-increasing list of failures.

Such an attempt to digress the public attention has been made again by constituting a committee for designing a new Karnataka Flag. The move, which is being pegged by the State Government as its show of love for Karnataka, easily comes across, even to a commoner, as a pure political stunt with vicious ulterior motives.

It is obvious that the government is trying to divert attention from its failure in curbing rampant political murders, the deteriorating law and order situation and the witch hunting of honest officers. In reality, the Congress Government has done absolutely nothing to either promote Kannada or Karnataka’s rich heritage. Simplest example would be its move to name the low cost canteens as “Indira” , while easily ignoring Karnataka’s own heroes such as “Rani Chennamma”.

Karnataka has traditionally had the turmeric and vermillion colored flag which is symbolic of Arishina and Kumkuma, widely regarded as the most important components in the worship of the Goddess Bhuvaneshwari, the deity of this land. Like all of Karnataka, any true Kannadiga would respect and rever this flag, which has a natural and organic love in the hearts of every Kannadiga.

Every Kannadiga believes that the “Kannada” flag (composed of the two said colors) has naturally come to represent our rich cultural heritage and there seems to be no need of separate flag for Karnataka, which is a political entity. In other words, the already existing flag is a cultural icon. An attempt to have an official flag will produce a political flag to which any is opposed.

I as a Kannadiga, would like to remind the CM that there are many pressing issues which must find priority and precedence, if at all, promoting Kannada is his intention. Today, Kannada medium schools are being shut at an alarming rate, to which CM is deliberately turning a blind eye. His colleague too silently replaces Kannada with Urdu in his official letters, and the CM remains silent on that.

The fact of the matter is, Kannadigas, today, are facing more substantial issues such as the numerous river water disputes, in which the Government of Karnataka has faced a series of legal setbacks. Hence, the CM and the Government finds it expedient, every now and then, to manufacture issues to shove matters of immediate importance under the carpet. In this endeavor, Congress led Government of Karnataka has decided to place its short term political interests ahead of the long term national interest.

While any citizen of the state would extends its complete support to the causes relating to Kannada and Karnataka, it believes that invoking symbolic non-issues like a separate flag for the State, may contribute to competitive regionalism and parochialism, which will put national integrity at stake in the longer run. At this juncture, the I would like to remind the Hon’ble CM, who quotes Dr. B.R. Ambedkar selectively and as per his convenience, of what he had said in his last speech in the Constitution Assembly:-

“What would happen to her (India’s) independence? Will she maintain her independence or will she lose it again? This is the first thought that comes to my mind. It is not that India was never an independent country. The point is that she once lost the independence she had. Will she lost it a second time? It is this thought which makes me most anxious for the future. Will history repeat itself? It is this thought which fills me with anxiety. This anxiety is deepened by the realization of the fact that in addition to our old enemies in the form of castes and creeds we are going to have many political parties with diverse and opposing political creeds. Will Indian place the country above their creed or will they place creed above country? I do not know. But this much is certain that if the parties place creed above country, our independence will be put in jeopardy a second time and probably be lost forever.”

I hopes that the Congress led Government of Karnataka places country ahead their narrow and short sighted political creed.


A True Kannadiga and Son of this Soil