The Congress-led government in Karnataka had decided to hold for the first time the 266th birth anniversary celebrations of 18th century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan. Parties allied with the BJP opposed the celebrations calling Tipu a “bigot”.
Police clash with protesters in Madikeri. See and Say
In the violence that ensued a 67-year-old VHP leader D.H. Kuttappa died on the spot from injuries suffered in stone pelting.
The Hindustan Times reports that Kuttappa was chased by the police. He allegedly slipped and fell while trying to climb a wall.
Commenting on the incident, Shefali Vaidya makes a few concerning points in her Facebook post:
Poojary was a flower businessman and Bajrang Dal activist who was brutally killed in Moodbidri this past October. He was actively involved in preventing illegal cow slaughter and their transportation.
File photo of Prashant Poojary. The News Minute
Rajdeep Sardesai wrote an editorial on Poojary’s death in which he argued that though Poojary didn’t deserve to die there is a “political context to his death“.
He alleged that Poojary was involved in intimidation and violent cases in the region and, therefore, his death is different from that of Mohammed Ikhlaq’s.
People fleeing as police resort to lathicharge in Madikeri. Indian Express
When the Dadri incident happened, the opposition drew all guns against the Prime Minister bypassing the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh where it took place.
People observing the government-backed Tipu Sultan birth anniversary. Business Standard
Over 40 people including writers, artistes, historians and scientists, have returned their awards in protest of the Dadri lynching incident and murder of rationalist M.M. Kalburgi in Karnataka. The latest in the growing list is Arundhati Roy.
Barkha, PM is still silent on Dadri https://t.co/QMkBFTJ2gT — Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) October 4, 2015
Barkha, PM is still silent on Dadri https://t.co/QMkBFTJ2gT
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) October 4, 2015
A question on Quora on ‘Why does NDTV’s Barkha Dutt hate Hindus?‘ gives us a quick glance of what Vaidya is hinting at. An example is this video where Barkha Dutt of NDTV began by questioning the Hindu beliefs of US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.
The only march that was led in opposition to the ‘Award Wapsi’ brigade was by actor Anupam Kher. On the other hand from major political parties such as the Congress to little-known groups, everyone held marches against the ‘growing intolerance’ in the country.
Random groups demanding PM Modi’s comments on the Dadri lynching episode.