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‘Modi has to go’: After witnessing Gujarat genocide, Vajpayee wanted then CM to step down

A biography of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away on August 16, 2018, looks at the hardline roots behind his liberal image. Ullekh NP’s The Untold Vajpayee: Politician and Paradox , (published by Penguin Books India) which was released on December 25, 2016 to mark Vajpayee’s 92nd birthday, looks at his relationship with leaders of his party...


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Karnataka to build a ‘detention centre’ for overstaying foreigners, illegal immigrants

Bengaluru: The union government of India has urged the Karnataka state government to set up a “detention centre” in Bengaluru exclusively for overstaying foreign nationals and illegal immigrants from other countries.

The Union Home Ministry wrote a letter last week to the Principal Secretary of the State Home Department, directing to take up measures to set up...



“Did you see his big beard? He looked like a terrorist”: The horror story of Bidar mob lynching

Bidar, Jul 30: In the tiny hamlet of Murki in Karnataka’s Bidar district, inspector VB Yadwad surveyed a pile of bricks and stones in a ditch where he and other police officers had been attacked earlier this month while trying to save a group of five men on a road trip from a violent mob.

"We tried hard to...

Atul Pai | coastaldigest.com

‘We must overcome trust-deficit and religious issues’ | interview with MLA Dr Bharath Shetty

Dentist-turned-politician Dr Y Bharath Shetty, who wrestled the Mangaluru City North constituency from Congress leader B A Mohiuddin Bava in 2018 Karnataka Assembly polls, feels that police should be given a free hand to keep a check on communal tensions in coastal Karnataka. The enthusiastic first time MLA, in a candid chat with coastaldigest.com, also elaborates his plan for the...

Sandhya D'Souza | coastaldigest.com

Meet Sammilan Shetty, the butterfly-man of Karnataka

It was a regular Zoology assignment in 2004 that triggered the sudden interest of then student Sammilan Shetty towards butterflies. Fourteen-years since, having quit his fulltime-lectureship post, this 32-year-old has been successfully running Karnataka’s first private butterfly park in coastal district of Dakshina Kannada since 2011.

At the foothills of Western Ghats in Belvai village of Moodbidri taluk, a...


Mohan H | coastaldigest.com

PM Modi has fulfilled all promises; Cong using Dalits against Hindus: Dharmaraj

Mangaluru’s leading architect Dharmaraj, who recently came out in the open about his close association with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its political arm – the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in a candid chat with coastaldigest.com, says that he involved himself to in a campaign to create awareness and unity among people and defeat the “divisive politics” of the Congress....


Mohammed Asif | coastaldigest.com

Siddaramaiah is the first CM in India to fulfil all the poll promises: Ghulam Nabi Azad

Ghulam Nabi Azad, the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, recently hit the campaign trail in different parts of Karnataka which will go to polls on May 12. Before boarding a Delhi-bound flight, the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir spent an hour at Mangaluru International Airport speaking to Mohammad Asif. He gave zero mark to Prime...

Mohan and Harsha Raj Gatty

Black-magic continues to haunt Karnataka polls; Rs 32 lakh owl sacrifice averted

Pegged at Rs 32 lakh, an innocent owl was on the verge of being a sacrificial object on-behest of a political aspirant, if not for the timely intervention by the Kollegal Regional Forest officer (RFO). In the last two-months, around Chamarajanagara district, the forest officials have booked seven cases of poaching and arrested at-least four-people in this connection. In...


Harsha Raj Gatty | coastaldigest.com

Battle for Mangaluru: Khader, Santosh, Ashraf field six common questions

At the Mangaluru City Constituency, three-time Congress MLA U T Khader will be contesting once again for the Karnataka Assembly polls (May 12, 2018). This time, the Bharatiya Janatha Party has mobilized all its resources to this so called communally sensitive constituency to ensure the victory of its candidate Santosh Kumar Rai Boliyar, who was a Zilla Panchayat member....


Harsha Raj Gatty | coastaldigest.com

What are the plans of Lobo, Kamath, Prabhu for Mangaluru South? Read before you vote!

At the heart of the District Headquarter of Dakshina Kannada, the election fever heats-up as Congress’ leader and first time MLA J R Lobo will test his mettle from Mangaluru City-South Assembly constituency in the May 12 Karnataka polls. The former Karnataka Administrative Service (KAS) officer, who on his debut in 2013 sent back-packing then four-times MLA of the constituency...