Indian kidnapping stokes sectarian divisions

THE CITY of Bangalore in the Indian state of Karnataka is facing a general strike on 28 September over the kidnapping of veteran film actor Rajkumar by the infamous bandit Veerappan. Rajkumar’s fans are infuriated at the authorities’ failure to secure the actor’s freedom. Jagdish Chandra of Dudiyora Hooryta (Workers’ Struggle) explains how the kidnapping on 30 July has inflamed the region’s nationalist politics.

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