Looting Hindus to make Muslims rich...the Siddaramaiah’s playbook

Vishwa Bhaarath
Looting Hindus to make Muslims rich...the Siddaramaiah’s playbook

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah‘s recent commitment to increase the budget allocation for minorities has stirred controversy, with the opposition BJP accusing him of engaging in “minority appeasement.” Addressing a gathering of Muslim religious leaders, Siddaramaiah announced a substantial rise in the allocation to the minority's welfare department, elevating it from Rs 4,000 crore to Rs 10,000 crore.

The opposition swiftly raised objections, questioning the appropriateness of the chief minister making such a commitment at a private event, especially during the ongoing legislative session in Belagavi.

In response to the criticism, Siddaramaiah defended his statement, expressing his intent to annually raise the allocation for the minorities department, ensuring a more equitable distribution of wealth among minority communities. The former Chief Minister, H.D. Kumaraswamy, however, urged Siddaramaiah to avoid appeasing any particular community.

Examining Siddaramaiah’s track record of appeasement initiatives, the Shaadi Bhagya Scheme, designed to provide financial assistance to financially backward minority women, particularly from the Muslim and Christian communities, was implemented but later scrapped by the BJP in March 2020.

Despite controversies surrounding decisions such as retaining Tipu Sultan in textbooks, Siddaramaiah’s political maneuvers have consistently included various strategies aimed at appeasing specific groups.

Observing the recurring themes of appeasement in Siddaramaiah’s playbook, it is not unfounded to assert that Congress, in general, and Siddaramaiah, in particular, have engaged in a prolonged practice of leveraging political power to benefit the Muslim community, often for electoral gains.

In July of the same year, the horrifying incident involving the abduction, torture, and murder of Jain Muni Acharya Sri Kamakumara Nandi Maharaj in coastal Karnataka raised grave concerns about religiously motivated crimes. This incident underscored the urgent need to address extremism at its core, urging the state government to take decisive action.

Another significant incident involved the successful prevention of a terror plot in Bengaluru by the Central Crime Branch and the Central Intelligence Department. Although the operation resulted in the arrest of five terror suspects, it highlighted the pressing need to tackle the root causes of radicalization and implement more effective preventive measures.

These distressing incidents in Karnataka, characterized by terrorism, radicalism, and brutality, demand urgent action. Under Siddaramaiah’s leadership, the state government must adopt a proactive approach to counter extremism and ensure the safety and security of all its citizens. This includes addressing concerns about minority appeasement and navigating the delicate balance between community welfare and political motives.

The situation requires a comprehensive strategy that goes beyond symbolic gestures and addresses the root causes of religiously motivated crimes and terrorism. As Karnataka grapples with these challenges, Siddaramaiah’s leadership will be crucial in shaping the state’s response to extremism and safeguarding the well-being of its diverse population.

Courtesy: tfipost

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