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Division by development

Division by development
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First Published: Tue, Dec 25 2007. 12 03 AM IST
Updated: Tue, Dec 25 2007. 12 03 AM IST
Indian politicians’ penchant for garnering votes knows no bounds. If it’s a Narendra Modi making use of religion, Mayawati can’t be far behind. On Sunday, she urged the people of Karnataka to help her replicate the UP model of social change. The beauty of it all is that it’s done in the name of development of the poor and the downtrodden.
There’s nothing new here; only the branding has changed. These days such devious tactics have a respectable appellation: “experiments” (remember UP, Gujarat?). In an earlier age, they were termed “caste coalitions”. Gujarat was a pioneer in that age,?too?(Kshatriya-Harijan-Adivasi-Muslim).
If there are reservations for all, a modern version of the caste system will be the result, putting basic life choices in peril. All this is being done, bit by bit, in the name of development.
In an earlier age, Khalil Gibran wrote: “Pity the Nation divided into fragments, each fragment deeming itself a nation.” Perhaps his words were meant for this age.
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First Published: Tue, Dec 25 2007. 12 03 AM IST
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