Tag: Vikram Muthanna

Government Indecisions & Payments
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Government Indecisions & Payments

May 25, 2024

This morning, ‘The Hindu’ newspaper reported that the Government owes the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel in Mysuru Rs. 80 lakh in pending bills. The confusion is: Which Government will foot the bill — the Centre or the State? We are sure the hotel will get its money eventually, but when? It’s already been one year….

POWER & SEX
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POWER & SEX

May 11, 2024

Even as Prajwal’s sex scandal is still in the news, allegations of molestation are coming in against West Bengal Governor C.V. Ananda Bose. Politically motivated or not, sex and power have always gone hand in hand. Men in power control their environment. Powerful men set the agenda of nations. But for some reason, many of…

Election Musings
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Election Musings

April 27, 2024

As I meet voters, party workers and politicians, I get the sense that fear-mongering and lies are afoot this election season, along with freebies. In today’s full-front-page advertisement in The Times of India, the BJP has warned the backward caste voters that Congress will add Muslims to their reservation list, essentially eating into their quota….

The Name Game
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The Name Game

April 13, 2024

Early this morning I was to meet the popular TV journalist Rajdeep Sardesai for a breakfast interview regarding the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Mysuru-Kodagu region. We agreed to meet at the now ‘must stop-over’ breakfast place for outsiders — Mylari Hotel in Nazarbad. I arrived first and settled into what I believed to be…

Crossing over to Politics
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Crossing over to Politics

April 6, 2024

The process of filing nomination papers is underway nationwide for a phase-wise election and two nominations caught my eye: Retired IAS Officer and former Mysuru DC G. Kumar Naik, who will contest from Raichur on a Congress ticket and former Calcutta High Court Judge, Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay, who will contest on a BJP ticket. As…

Too Hot ? It’s Tree Time
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Too Hot ? It’s Tree Time

March 30, 2024

Our city is getting hotter with every passing year. As temperatures soared yesterday, the Karnataka Government advised citizens to turn into camels: “Drink sufficient water whenever possible, even if you are NOT thirsty.” But where is the water to drink when our cities are as dry as a desert? Instead of just issuing some orders…

Yaduveer, we’ll wait & watch
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Yaduveer, we’ll wait & watch

March 16, 2024

At long last, the BJP has announced its candidate. Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, the BJP’s choice of a royal candidate, has ignited a flurry of reactions in the Mysuru-Kodagu region. Yaduveer’s selection has sparked sophisticated discussions in drawing rooms, lively banter in tea shops, concern in chaat stands and passionate debates in smokers’ corners. For…

BJP: Vikas & Vishwas
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BJP: Vikas & Vishwas

March 9, 2024

This morning, sources in New Delhi told Star of Mysore that Mysuru-Kodagu MP Prathap Simha’s chances of getting a ticket for the 2024 Lok Sabha election are 50/50. This reminds me of the saying: ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ Our MP is working. So why the change? Is it because of senior State…

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