Indian state Karnataka gearing up for ideological clash

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NEW DELHI, Dec 21, (Agencies): Once again, Karnataka is gearing up for an ideological clash between the “orange” and “saffron” factions. This pertains to the robust and distinct network of mathas (monastic institutions), predominantly led by the Lingayat community, and their revered heads, the mathadishas. These institutions have forged a unique path over centuries, steadfastly resisting the encroaching influence of Hindutva.

The ongoing conflict revolves around the core tenets of a revolutionary movement dating back to the 12th century, rooted in a vehement critique of Brahminical Hinduism. In 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa initiated efforts to reshape Basava‚Äôs Anubhava Mantapa, the alleged site of a 12th-century assembly of revolutionary mystics, into “Sanatana Pragatipara,” a progressive form of Hinduism.

This apparent paradox faced opposition from several Kannada litterateurs, but the Prime Minister has incorporated this historical narrative into his rhetoric, citing it as an example of India’s role as the “mother of democracy.” Panditaradhya Swamiji leads the branch matha of the Taralabalu Bruhan matha in Sanehalli, a village in the Chitradurga district of Karnataka.

Known for his longstanding support of the arts, particularly theatre, the Swamiji has established a repertory and hosts an annual national theatre festival at the matha, featuring impressive infrastructure. Approximately a year ago, amid controversy surrounding the introduction of eggs in the midday meal in districts grappling with child malnutrition, which prompted some mobilization by the orange-clad supporters, Swamiji championed the right of individuals to determine their dietary choices.

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