Thank you Mr Yeddyurappa for standing up for a modern state
Long time readers would be aware of a Reality Check India tradition, we maintain a Hall of Fame for those who actually speak up against invidious schemes inside legislatures. We have less than a handful in eight years.
Today, we welcome Mr Bookanakere Siddalingappa Yeddyurappa to the Hall Of Fame.
Thank you Sir.
- Mr Tathagat Satpathy (Lok Sabha 1 in 544 !)
- M/s PC Alexander, Chandan Mitra, SS Ahluwalia, R Bajaj (Rajya Sabha 4 out of 246),
- Mr Sharad Joshi (Rajya Sabha 1 in 186 !)
Mr Yeddyurappa has been fighting a solo battle against the invidious “Bidaai” scheme of the Congress government in Karnataka. This scheme follows the general trend set by the Congress govt at the centre of communal appropriations. The Bidaai provides for Rs 50,000 as marriage gift to Minority girls whose parents income is less than 1.5Lakh. A Hindu girl, no matter how backward in social or economic terms, right across the street will not be eligible for this scheme.
Indian liberals, historians, and assorted intellectuals who are looking for a “nice right intellectual” debate. Why not start here ? These schemes are incompatible with all liberal conceptions of democracy and why is it that Mr Yeddyurappa and not you who is protesting..