Thursday, 18 August, 2022

Topic: Lingayat

Why a ‘campaign against conversion’ in Karnataka has reignited Veerashaiva-Lingayat divide

On 15 November, All India Veerashaiva Mahasabha wrote to office-bearers to 'check' religious conversions and assist in 'bringing back' those who have converted to other faiths.

Removing Yediyurappa was the easier part, BJP now faces tough task of finding his successor

The final choice will be made after two observers, BJP Karnataka in-charge Arun Singh and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, visit the state and hold a meeting with MLAs.

Why BJP can no longer ignore this MLA’s outbursts against Karnataka CM Yediyurappa

BJP MLA Ramagouda Patil Yatnal has in the past attacked Yediyurappa & his family, and while the BJP has ignored his outbursts, the MLA is increasingly putting the party in a spot.  

Why massive Bengaluru rally by largest Lingayat sub-sect has put CM Yediyurappa in a spot

The Panchamasali Lingayats have demanded they be granted a bigger slice of reservation under the OBC umbrella. But this has put Yediyurappa in a quandary.

How a once alcoholic auto driver, father of 4, became first Muslim pontiff of Lingayat mutt

Dewan Sharief, 33, will be anointed as head of Murugharajendra Koraneshwara Shantidhama, a Lingayat mutt in North Karnataka’s Gadag district, on 26 February.

Shivakumara Swami, the Siddaganga Mutt chief pontiff every PM from Indira to Modi courted

Shivakumara Swami of Siddaganga Mutt, a leader of the Lingayat community, died Monday at 11.44 am.

Five factors that will decide who wins the battle for Karnataka

From Siddaramaiah’s sub-nationalism to BJP’s Hindutva gambit, these five factors will decide whether Congress will retain its biggest state or BJP will return to power in the...

Why Hindutva polarisation hasn’t worked in Karnataka

Asserting sub-nationalism gave Karnataka politics an identity issue that distracted from Hindutva identity issues.

To install Yeddyurappa as Karnataka CM, Modi will have to run through the caste barrier

Even in the former CM’s own village, people are getting ready to vote on caste lines, which means the BJP will have to work hard to win over non-Lingayats.

Why Sonia Gandhi and Narendra Modi descended on Vijayapura on the same day: Lingayat votes

The Lingayat stronghold of Vijayapura has become a battleground where both Narendra Modi and Sonia Gandhi addressed rallies on the same day.

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Bihar Chief minister Nitish Kumar with Deputy CM Tejaswi Yadav | ANI File Photo

Operation Lantern fails to light up in Bihar. And BJP in search of a Brahmin face in UP

The no-fuss change of government in Bihar, without horse-trading or MLAs in resorts, has prompted a coalition partner to request the CM to make arrangements for a trip to a hill station.
Farmers plant paddy saplings in a field | PTI Photo

Good news from the farm as India’s FY22 foodgrain production estimated at record 316 mn tonnes

Wheat production estimate sees marginal upward revision to 106.8 million tons, though current rate lowest in 3 years.


(From left) Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, US Secretary of Defence Lloyd J. Austin and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken after the India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue, in Washington, 12 April, 2022 | Credit: ANI Photo/ PIB

USAF secy needs Pentagon escort but Indian attaché doesn’t — that’s how deep India-US ties are

Frank Kendall, Secretary of the US Air Force, says the unescorted access to Pentagon for Indian defence attaché 'is aligned with the trust and cooperation we share'.
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Tiranga vs Tiranga: Gloves are off as Kejriwal joins the ‘nationalism’ battle with Modi

Kejriwal’s maun vrat on Modi has ended. This is an important turn in Indian politics. In some ways rivalling the dramatic turn in Bihar.