STANDPOINT

The ministers in Karnataka seem to have mastered the art of sullying the image of the first-ever BJP government South of the Vindhyas in more and more imaginative ways. After the brazen misuse of power saw B.S. Yeddyurappa and Katta Subrahmanya Naidu spend a spell in the jail following land scams, three ministers – Laxman Savadi, C.C. Patil and Krishna Palemar – have dented the reputation of the ruling dispensation through ‘porngate’. In between, another prominent minister of the government, who

It is official now. Earlier people used to talk about such conspiracy theories in hushed tone. There were not many takers for such “weird” claims. With the media jumping the gun even before the investigation began and the police refusing to look beyond the usual suspects – read Muslims – all such incidents used to provide Sangh Parivar an opportunity to whip up anti-Muslim sentiments. But unfortunately or rather fortunately, their ploy has boomeranged in Sindagi and the “Pakistan flag hoisting”