Karnataka Water Works
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Karnataka Water Works

March 16, 2019

Temperature may be rising and Cauvery may be drying up but on Wednesday, Holenarasipura taluk in Hassan district saw heavy rains. Why? Because the first family of JD(S) let their lachrymal glands run wild.

Former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, while vacating his Hassan Lok Sabha seat to his grandson Prajwal Revanna, cried saying he was saddened by accusations that he was indulging in “dynastic politics.” How ironic !

Soon, Prajwal also started crying. Then Prajwal’s father H.D. Revanna started crying. Then Prajwal’s mother Bhavani Revanna too joined in. Luckily everyone in rural Karnataka has a towel over their shoulder and it did come handy on this day in Hassan.

Also, many may remember the other son of H.D. Deve Gowda, H.D. Kumaraswamy too recently cried saying his coalition partner Congress had turned him into ‘Vishakanta’. Now, all this crying in one family makes one wonder, can crying be genetic? Is there a ‘crying gene’?

Apparently so, according to ‘Psychology Today’, carriers of ADRA2b gene variation show more activity in a region of the brain responsible for regulating emotions.

But then there is another theory. Jonathan Rottenberg, Professor of Psychology at the University of South Florida, USA, says, “We learn early on that crying has this really powerful effect on other people.” And what is that power? He says, “Tears can neutralise anger.”

So is the first family of JD(S) neutralising the people’s growing anger against this party that has turned into a family affair? Is the family hoping to thaw the tempers of people who see JD(S) as an untrustworthy party which leaves its partners in the lurch and the State in limbo? Are they trying to endear themselves to their party workers

who are upset that young grand children who were never interested in politics have been given tickets ignoring party workers who have slogged to build the party for years? Are they crying so Vokkaligas don’t feel their vote has been taken for granted? So is this the ‘saline solution’ that will save their position in Karnataka politics? We shall know on May 23rd.

Now, while BJP called the JD(S) family’s emotional outburst as the “First Drama of 2019 Elections” and “Art of Crying”, they should remember that their own Yeddyurappa is prone to heavy saline discharge.

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In 2010, when he was the Chief Minister, he cried, not at the sad state of our State but because he was forced to remove his Principal Secretary V.P. Baligar and Minister for Rural Development Shobha Karandlaje due to pressure from the Reddy Brothers.

Later he also got teary-eyed and asked, “There are many people to talk about corruption at the higher levels. But who is there to address the issue of corruption at the lower levels?” Really? Yeddyurappa does not know that corruption at the higher-level forces corruption at the lower level? By the way even Siddharamaiah, a leader seen as being tough, cried when his Constituency was changed after delimitation.

While all these politicians cry, the people must ask how much have these leaders done for the people of their Constituencies for whom they shed tears? Has a politician’s Constituency’s net worth grown at the same rate as its MP’s or MLA’s? No.

All this crying reminds us of Columnist T.J.S. George’s article titled ‘Good men can only cry…’ where he has narrated how legendary jurist Nani Palkhivala cried on TV. He says, “Palkhivala was appearing in a TV feature and there was a rising tone of emotional disquiet as he replied to a specific question as to what sort of freedoms he would like to see curtailed. He cited the Kerala High Court judgement banning bandhs and said that such restrictions were essential. “Only in this country,” he said, “people think democracy is freedom to do what they like.” Sadness began contorting his face as he said, “Sometimes I wonder what sins I have committed in the past to be born in this country.” And then suddenly the floodgates burst open. Nani Palkhivala wept uncontrollably on TV.

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Similarly, former Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde’s voice started to crack and soon, tears streamed down his face during the press meet about mining case. May be, Santosh Hedge too, like Nani Palkhivala, is wondering what sin he had committed in his past life to have been born in a nation that is so paradoxical.

In a nation with people of selective morality whose myopic caste-based voting habits elect leaders who ‘unselectively’ loot us, good men can only cry.

Yes, indeed when Palkhivala and Santosh Hegde shed tears, it is for the sad state of the nation but when politicians shed tears, it is for their political station.

Remember just last year when BJP’s Shashil Namoshi cried as he was denied ticket from Kalaburagi, and then former Excise Minister Manohar Tahsildar of Congress cried when he was denied ticket from Hanagal? In fact, many others also cried as they were denied tickets.

Now H.D. Deve Gowda may have given his grandson his seat but where will the septuagenarian go? Remember how Siddharamaiah gave up his ‘safe seat’ Varuna to his son and lost Chamundeshwari and barely scraped through in Badami, now leaving him powerless in Congress?

Let us hope the 86-year-old former PM’s saline solution works, after all, no one wants to end their splendid career with a loss, be it Politics or Sports. 

For now, it will be interesting to see if the JD(S) First Family’s water works will help in the germination of the family saplings or will it wilt them and also the party when it comes to Lok Sabha elections. e-mail: [email protected]

13 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Karnataka Water Works”

  1. HD Devegowda’s family is shedding tears for a last laugh after grabbing power playing on the sentiments of the gullible public.

    Gowda family cried in unison as Prajwal was declared candidate for Hassan Lok Sabha seat.

    Former PM H.D.Deve Gowda, his grandson Prajwal Revanna were in tears at Mudalahippe after the latter was declared as the party candidate for Hassan seat. PWD MinisterH.D.Revanna was also seen wiping his tears on the same dais.

    Top men in the Janata Dal (Secular) are not particularly famous for fighting against gender stereotypes, but they never shy away from shedding tears in public, which “real men” are not supposed to do as hidebound traditions go.

    Public show of emotion was at an all-time high on Wednesday, with tears rolling down the cheeks of three generations of leaders — party supremo H.D. Deve Gowda, his son and Public Works Minister H.D. Revanna, and grandson Prajwal Revanna. Videos of this scene were shared widely on social media showing the power hungry and the Opposition BJP mocked this as “drama”.

    As the former Prime Minister sought people’s blessings for his grandson in the Lok Sabha polls, tears rolled down the cheeks of the third-generation leader of the party. Mr. Revanna was seen wiping his tears. By then, Mr. Gowda was already in tears, recalling his career as a politician.

    Earlier, MLA for Shravanabelgola C.N. Balakrishna also wept at the programme.

    Mocking this, the BJP said in a tweet soon after, “If crying was an art, Sri. H D Devegowda and his family would hold the record for mastering the art of crying to constantly fool people for decades. Matter of the fact is before elections Devegowda & his family cries. After elections people who vote this family cries.”

    In the long political career spread over five decades, Mr. Gowda has often wept in public. He is often referred to as someone with the skill to connect to the voters’ hearts through tears. Mr. Kumaraswamy too has often wept in public narrating him health and politicalcompulsions with the Congress as an alliance partner.

    It is not yet clear if Mr. Gowda will contest this election at all. On Wednesday, during his visit to Mudalahippe, Mr. Gowda gave different statements on this issue.He is said to be in a dilemma over contesting from either Bangalore North or from Tumkur.An earlier loss to Ms.Tejaswini in an earlier election to the Lok Sabha is also said to be haunting his memory.

  2. Manava says:

    The big joke is calling JD ( secular)! The far biggest joke is touting India as a secular country. These elections show how religions play their parts, when Gowda candidates stand in Gowda-rich constituencies, Lingayat candidates in Lingayat-rci ones, and Muslim candidates in co9mmunities of Islam!

  3. arun says:

    As corrupt Gowda and sons cry now to garner votes and kursi, it will be our turn to cry once they are elected and start ruling and usurping our wealth
    Mera Bharat Mahaan

  4. Ananymous says:

    Deve Gowda once remarked that he is against Communalism, but has no problem with casteism!! Translation: It is wrong to discriminate against Muslims, Christians etc, but it is OK to discriminate against Hindus who are not Gowdas! Sometimes, I wonder whether Democracy is a curse on India!

  5. @manava, you hit the nail on its head.

    At the time of Independence, given the communal carnage, the idea of a secular India was, in principle, a noble India. Once the congress party came into power, for political gains, they forgot about secularism. At election time, the candidates were selected on the basis of their religon to match the electorate. In other words, no Hindu was allowed to stand in a muslim majority constituency, and vice versa. Now, this has become ingrained in our electoral system.

    To be fair, many muslim members objected to this. One such congress member, M C Chagla advised Nehru to treat all citizens of India the same, irrespective of their religious persuations. Unfortunately, Nehru did not listen!

  6. swamy says:

    ಗಾದೆ : ಕಾವೇರಿ ನೀರು ಬತ್ತಿ ಹೋದರೂ, ಗೌಡರ ಕುಟಂಬದ ಕಣ್ಣೀರು ಬತ್ತಿ ಹೋಗಲ್ಲ.

  7. swamy says:

    Like Sri Sri Ravishankar’s ‘Art of living’, shri shri Devegowda has ‘Art of crying’

  8. Manava says:

    I should have said castes, when referring to Gowdas and Lingayats above.
    There is Sanskrit saying: ” Yatha raja tha tha praja”, meaning, citizens deserve the leaders they have. Within 10 years of independence, I recollect as a middle school student that religions got hold of politics, whilst Nehru was prattling that India was indeed secular, having given Muslims their own personal laws, making this community an exclusive one from Hindus, thus making the latter to obey the general laws of the land. With the exception of Devaraje Urs and Gundu Rao, the political history of Mysore state then and Karnataka now, is riddled with casteism and communal issues, which have been supported by all political leaders of the State.
    No wonder Indians emigrate to Western Christian countries which practice secularism, treating all religions in them as equal, and merit is the sole decider.

  9. Hopeless says:

    While it is a sad commentry, I have to agree with you.

    The way we are going, I wouldn’t be surprised if India ends up as a Muslim Nation!! Luckily, I won’t be around to see that.

  10. Benami says:

    @Rao, is the pot calling kettle black?

  11. Patriot says:

    @Hopeless, I agree with you. Like you, I won’t be around to see that happen.

    The very reason the Moslems invaded India was because we let them. Hindus are their own worst enemies.

    Successive Congress governments bent over backwards to prove to the world that is secualar and treats its minorities well. What is the reward India got? India is constantly accused of religious intolerance and persecuting Christians and Muslims. The chief culpripts are the hypocritical Americans and the Brits.

    In Pakistan, Christians are attacked daily, and Hindu minority is forcibly converted to Islam especially young girls forced to marry old aged muslims. Do you think the bloody Americans and bloody Brits condem Pakistan? No! China is committing genocide in Tibet – they are destroying Tibetian culture. Do the Americans or Brits condemn China? No! InAmerica the Muslims are harassed, and under surveilance by the police and FBI. Yet their muslim brothers in India keep mum, but criticize India. Same goes for the Christians in India. When their coreligionists in Pakistan are persecuted they keep mum. Yet, they have the nerve to criticize the majority community of persecuting them.

    The Congress government over the years was gutless. Now India has government with balls, the pseudo secularist traitors are up in arms.

    A comedian once joked that in other countries they hate foreigners, in India they love foreigners, and hate each other! How true!

    Go figure!!

  12. ankeatas says:

    Stupid Mudhiya.. at this age why does he need contest, its a waist of everything. And i would not be surprised about the ending.

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