Who voted you to power, Mr. Yeddyurappa?

Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa is quoted to have made the following remark at the recently held Global Investors Meet at Bengaluru:
I have a big dream for Karnataka, a Karnataka, that is peaceful, progressive and prosperous; Karnataka, that is free from illiteracy, illness and inequality; Karnataka, where every farmer or worker leads a life of dignity and respect; Karnataka, where every entrepreneur will have many ventures to start small, but grow big; and Karnataka, that is full of opportunities for every person to dream and realize that dream.
Read carefully. Does Mr. Yeddyurappa's dream display any special concern for Kannadigas, the native people of Karnataka? For all you know, a "peaceful,  progressive and prosperous" Karnataka can be created with all Kannadigas removed from the face of the planet, just like native Indians were removed from America. Sure enough, Karnataka can be freed from illiteracy by removing illiterate Kannadigas; Karnataka can be freed from illness by removing ill Kannadigas; Karnataka can be freed from inequality by removing unequal Kannadigas.

How then can all that be achieved if Kannadigas are removed? Simple: by inflowing immigrants. After all, the popular conception of an Indian refuses to see any difference between Kannadiga and (say) Hindi. So Karnataka, seen as real estate, can be made peaceful, progressive, prosperous, literate, healthy and equal by sheer immigration of Hindis from the North. After all, farmers, workers and entrepreneurs can be photographed or filmed to be happy in Karnataka even if they're not Kannadigas--they could well be Hindis!

Okay, my point is not that Mr. Yeddyurappa's objective is to remove Kannadigas from Karnataka. His effort to bring investment to Karnataka is certainly praiseworthy. I wish merely to point out that there is nothing in his stated dream which protects the interests of Kannadigas in the pursuit of peace, progress, prosperity, etc., in the real-estate called Karnataka. My concern is, of course, that when stated dreams and objectives miss the Kannadiga angle, it is often the case that the consequences are detrimental to Kannadigas, especially when Mr. Yeddyurappa's political party refuses to see any difference between Kannadigas and other Indians.

I would request Mr. Yeddyurappa to question himself whether it was Karnataka--the real estate--which voted his government to power, or whether Kannadigas--the people--voted it to power. If it should turn out to be the latter, it is the latter who should figure in his dream and not the former. People at the helm of affairs, more than anybody else, must be careful what they wish for; those wishes can actually come true.

You might argue that I'm making a mountain of a molehill; the point is, all mountains start as molehills, even mountains which consume entire an entire linguistic people.


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