articles by M Raghuram

India

Illegal sand mining Part 4: Karnataka continues to bear brunt of resurgent mafia, ever-changing rules

Though former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah unveiled a new sand mining policy in 2014 giving more power to district-level officials, legal miners remain on tenterhooks, while illegal ones gained the upper hand courtesy ‘protection’ from political bosses.

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Appropriating Tipu Sultan: 'Intolerant' Mysuru ruler no different to current politicians, so why the hype

Watching these conflicting narratives from the sidelines are the descendants of Tipu Sultan, headed by Asif Ali. Ali said, "We are worried about certain segments of the society attributing wrong things to the Sultan and accusing him of violence and subjugation; we watch this with tearful eyes and a heavy heart."

Politics

Karnataka municipal election results: Congress edges close battle, but BJP makes giant strides ahead of 2019 polls

The Congress edged a close battle in the Karnataka municipal elections but it was the Bharatiya Janata Party that took giant strides ahead of next year's general election.

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Karnataka could take leaf out of Tamil Nadu's book: Intricate network of canals avoided Kodagu-like flooding in state

It is admirable how Tamil Nadu has managed water received from Karnataka's Cauvery river. After the recent rainfall that devastated the Kodagu district of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu received copious amounts of water

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Kodagu floods: River rafters, homestay owners come to the rescue of those stranded, offer shelter to homeless

Floods in Kodagu gave much criticised owners of homestays and rafting business an opportunity to wash off their reputation.

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Day after Mekunu rampage, coastal Karnataka assesses damage caused by deluge; citizens blame municipal bodies

Indian Meteorological Department in its warning issued for 30 and 31 May predicted heavy to very heavy rains over coastal Karnataka and heavy rains over south interior Karnataka

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Karnataka polls: RSS strongman Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat says 'blind' Siddaramaiah engineered communal divide for political gain

Firstpost caught up with RSS strongman Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat for a chat ahead of the Karnataka polls

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Karnataka polls: Sangh Parivar workers feel BJP denied their growth, say party giving tickets to 'tainted' MLAs

Political analysts have already declared that it will be a hung assembly in Karnataka, but BJP does not think that will be the case. National spokesperson Sambit Patra declined to quote an estimate of the seats the party sees itself winning.

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Udupi’s Madhwa mutts face turmoil as claim of swamis violating vows of celibacy takes centrestage

Swami Lakshmivara Thirtha, chief of the Shiroor mutt, one of the eight mutts in Udupi, has alleged that Madhwa mutt swamis who take strict vows of celibacy have wives and children or mistresses

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Indian Navy resumes target practice at Netrani Island after govt clearance; environmental hotspot under threat again

Local fishermen and environmentalists got a rude shock on Tuesday, 27 March, when naval warships resumed shelling the ecologically sensitive Netrani Island.

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Hindu fringe outfits demand New Year's eve parties in Mangaluru end by 11 pm, say won't allow 'civic modesty' to be ravaged

Keeping up with their habit of harassing youths who look for opportunities to celebrate life, the Hindu fringe groups in Mangaluru have issued threats to the police and the district administration, warning them to wrap up New Year celebrations in the coastal city by 11 pm.

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Hadiya case: Karnataka's Hindutva brigade vows 'reverse love jihad', says network of informers in place to monitor youth

The air of legitimacy that the handling of the Hadiya case has given to the conspiracy theory of 'love jihad' has revved up Karnataka's Hindutva brigade. Infamous for taking law into their own hands, they are now gearing up to take 'love jihad' head-on.

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Karnataka on the boil: Siddaramaiah government stirs up a hornet's nest by honouring Tipu Sultan

The state government-led celebrations in Kodagu and Dakshina Kannada took a strange turn of events when the chief guests themselves unleashed a tirade against the government and Tipu Sultan.