Communal cauldron

Print edition : September 30, 2016

Sangh Parivar actvists vandalising a flex banner of Mangaluru North MLA B.A. Mohiuddin Bava during a march taken out from Parari Junction to Ulaibettu on December 8, 2014. Photo: H.S. Manjunath

A Hindutva activist being taken into police custody during the march. Photo: H.S. Manjunath

Sadhvi Balika Saraswati, 19, speaking at the Hindu Samajotsava on March 3, 2015, in Mangaluru. A first information report was later filed against her under Section 153A of the Indian Penal Code for hate speech. Organised by the Sangh Parivar, Hindu Samajotsavas have consolidated support for the Hindu right wing in coastal Karnataka. Photo: H.S. Manjunath

Christians protesting in Mangaluru on March 27, 2015, after churches in the region were vandalised. Photo: H.S. Manjunath

Muslims in Mangaluru gathered for Eid-ul-Adha (Bakrid) prayers on September 24, 2015. Photo: H.S. Manjunath

Boats docked in the port at Mangaluru. One of the early communal conflicts on the coast was between Mogaveera fishermen and Muslim wholesale fish traders. Photo: H.S. Manjunath

The steady growth of Hindutva in coastal Karnataka has been accompanied by intense communal polarisation. In this developed region of the State, incidents of moral policing are common and minor scuffles have the potential to lead to major riots.
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