Lingayats

Struggling for a new status

Print edition : September 15, 2017

Pontiffs and leaders of the Lingayat community at a massive rally in Belagavi on August 22. Photo: P.K. BADIGER

A section of the crowd at the Lingayat samavesha. Photo: P.K. BADIGER

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. The Congress needs much more than its traditional votes to win the next elections. Photo: k. Bhagya Prakash

B.S. Yeddyurappa, BJP's Karnataka president and a Lingayat strongman. Photo: P.V. SIVAKUMAR

The demand of Lingayats for a separate religious tag, delinked from the Veerashaiva Hindu faith, is shrouded in political intrigue. Even as Hindutva’s aggressive adherents find themselves in a dilemma, the Congress hopes to gain electorally from fuelling the demand.
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