" Equality before law: The State shall not deny to any person equality before the law or the equal protection of the laws within the territory of India Prohibition of discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth. "
Thus says the Article 14 in THE CONSTITUTION OF INDIA 1949.
Last night, NDTV 24x7 showed an exit poll after the First phase of polling for the Assembly elections in Karnataka. Half of the discussion was dominated by the view that the BJP has eaten into the Vokkaliga pie that JD-S had traditionally claimed. The fact that the second and third phases of polling were to be held in the Lingayat strongholds where conventionally the JD-S was poor and the community supported BJP was not left untapped.
They even went to the extent of quizzing the BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate Mr. Yediyurappa about the inroads made into the Vokkaliga vote bank. Even on his insistence that in todays world its good governance and stability that matters over caste, the elite panel of Prannoy Roy, latest PadmaShri Barkha Dutt, Dorab Sopariwala and Srinivasan Jain continued their tirade of questions on caste based voting.
So, who's spreading the caste divide? The politicians or the news makers? If we chastise the babus for that, the same should be done to the newsmakers. Whats ur view?