Communal tension in coastal Karnataka region rise amid hijab, Malali mosque rows

Bengaluru, May 28 (IANS): Communal tension in coastal Karnataka region comprising Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada and Udupi is on a rise with the resurfacing of hijab controversy and the Malali temple-mosque row.

The coastal region of the state is considered to be communally sensitive and bastion of BJP. The region is prone to communal tensions and clashes. The hijab crisis which snowballed into an international issue started from here.

When things seemed to have settled down, the communal strife raised its ugly head again in the region with the Hindu students launching a protest against wearing of hijab in classrooms as classes in schools and colleges resumed after summer holidays.

The ruling BJP government has stressed that only uniforms are allowed in the campus. Following the protest in University College of Mangaluru, BJP MLA Vedavyasa Kamat is holding a meeting with College Development and Management Committee members and students. Mangaluru University Vice-Chancellor and Registrar are also participating in the meeting.

Meanwhile, the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) has stated that they will not let Hindu activists carry one handful of soil from Malali Masjid stirring a controversy. "Don't dream about taking over masjid," stated Abdul Mazeed Mysuru, the state president of SDPI on Saturday.

Addressing a rally at Mangaluru, Mazeed challenged Hindu activists and Sangh Parivar members to take traditional way of "Tambula Prashne" to ascertain on destroying of 200 years old Suggalamma temple in Ballary by mining baron and BJP leader Janardhana Reddy.

RSS games make JD (S) and Congress parties fearful. "Sangh activists who give boycott calls of businessmen, aren't you ashamed when Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai had inked MoU with Yousuf Ali for Rs 2,000 crore?" questioned Abdul Mazeed.

M.A. Yusuf Ali is a UAE-based Indian businessman and billionaire. He is the chairman and managing director of LuLu Group International that owns the LuLu Hypermarket chain worldwide.

The ruling BJP in the country is not "pro-people". It is pro-industrialists Ambani and Adani. The BJP is destroying the country academically, socially and economically instead of empowering it, he charged.

However, the authorities are maintaining the status quo on the Malali Masjid premises. The temple structure surfaced at the time of renovation recently. Following the development, the court had issued the status quo order. Hindu activists are claiming that they will take the legal way to reclaim this temple.

With the state already entering the election year, the issues are threatening to snowball into a major crisis situation in the entire region, say sources.






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  • Praveen, Mangalorean

    Sun, May 29 2022

    This issue won't end till 2023...? bad politics in Karnataka using religious issues ??

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  • Don, Mangalore

    Sat, May 28 2022

    With each and every issue being raised, and with every passing day the animosity between peoples is growing in the hearts and minds like a cancer. This animosity is not good in having a long term healthy relationship between peoples. The more fighting the greater communal divide between the two sons of mother India. No one wins here, instead we all loose. On the lighter side after creating of all of issues and challenges the only thing that both sides agree upon is "The cause we are fighting, is the British policy of Divide and Rule" Hahaha

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  • Kumar, Mangalore

    Sat, May 28 2022

    Kindly remove the reservation.. Equal opportunity in jobs all for all section of society

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Sat, May 28 2022

    Since the double engine government failed miserably, they are only trying to divert. These are called diverting tricks by the BJP.

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  • Avadootha, Iha

    Sat, May 28 2022

    Double engine in opposite directions it seems!!!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Sat, May 28 2022

    Communal Tension is created by Politicians who cannot deliver their Promises ...

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  • Harish Marthande, Mangaluru

    Sat, May 28 2022

    Nothing will happen as mentioned mark my words...People need Job,Food,Shelter not riots... People started thinking and mature enough to judge BJP/RSS agenda... Lets not worry relax this will end with upcoming election.

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  • Pradeep, Mangalore

    Sat, May 28 2022

    Last time we faced lot of problems due to Hijab controversy. Thereafter ban to Halal, business boycott , stop loud speaker etc. Again SDPI starts this and escapes. Common people will suffer a lot.

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  • Ozy, Surathkal

    Sat, May 28 2022

    This is what they want, because development is zero.

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  • Nayan, Udupi

    Sat, May 28 2022

    First people need security. For that we need NRC, Uniform civil code, Population control. After that one can think of development. What is the use of development when we are not safe at all.

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  • Ronald, Mangalore

    Sat, May 28 2022


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  • habib, magalore

    Sat, May 28 2022

    Dont make fool by saying Peoples safety . its only BJPs ,adani and ambanis are in kathreme

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Sat, May 28 2022

    The way things are flaring up, I agree with your concern of communal tensions brewing up!

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  • hani, mangalore

    Sat, May 28 2022

    Dear MLA Saab , Commission yeth ???

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  • ca girishkk, valencia/m'lore

    Sat, May 28 2022

    In fact... if we take one unbiased look at the situation, contrary to perception the Minority community is very patiently handling the situation by swallowing & absorbing all the oppressive actions of the hardline ideology with the tacit patronage of the govt of the day..., the jobless goons are mentored/tutored/instigated and fully charged to engage in a vengeful response…to create a phobia kind of environment in the society....

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