KARNATIQUE is a long journey. If you hop in and hop off between two stations, you don't get the whole story. You need to do undertake the whole journey with patience.-- editor, KARNATIQUE
We have commented on the Congress here and the third front here.
It is not our job to present the viewpoints of all political parties w.r.t. all issues. The sum total of all the different ideologies "in the market" has left the Kannadiga confused w.r.t. his own identity and the path for his own success, Karnataka's success, and India's success. We will strive to remove every such covering of ignorance and clear his/her vision irrespective of the source of that ignorance.
In doing so, it is inevitable that the political biases of "commoner" readers (to borrow your word) as well as their perception of BANAVASI BALAGA go on a roller-coaster ride, swinging this way once and that way once. It is also inevitable that some "non-commoner" readers with preconceived notions about us and/or strong belief-based leanings towards other schools of thought perceive us as simply trying to argue against their pet theories or schools of thought.
On our journey, we can neither afford to nor deem it necessary to be "politically correct" in trying to balance out viewpoints of all the different ideologies and political parties. We don't care who you vote for, since we don't see any of the political parties having what it takes to put back Karnataka on track.
We know we are running a risk in this approach, but we are willing to take it in order to reach out to those Kannadigas who have the courage to examine everything scientifically, analytically, can think with an open mind, and who have the ability to put Karnataka back on track.
Coming back to this post itself - it is amply clear that the whole image of Macaulay as a 100% villain is due to the RSS/BJP. As I replied to "victimofprejudice", this does not mean that we agree with everything Jean Dreze says. In fact, there is a lot of merit in victimofprejudice's post on Haindava Keralam, whose link can be found in his/her comment. There is a lot of merit, too, in Koenraad Elst's article - where he does not agree with Macaulay's views on Christianity as a religion superior to Hinduism. We do not agree with Macaulay there, either.
The problem with RSS/BJP thinking is - it cannot admit agreement or disagreement on an issue-by-issue basis. In their way of thinking (which is hardly a way of thinking - it's more a way of believing) Macaulay can't be right about one thing and wrong about another. That's a big mistake.
We're more than happy if you can provide any evidence of any Congress (or any other political party's or ideology's) comments on the issue of the alleged statement of Macaulay. We will comment on those, too, if there's enough intellectual grub in it, and if we believe there is something for us Kannadigas to learn from those - either by way of agreeing or disagreeing, in part or in full.
Posted by Kiran Batni on Apr 30, 2009
Triggered by a comment from one of our readers, ಪ್ರಸಾದ್.ಪ್ರೀತಿ, on our post on Macaulay, we felt there's a need to try and explain "the process" we follow here at KARNATIQUE. So here it is, originally intended to be a reply to ಪ್ರಸಾದ್.ಪ್ರೀತಿ: