THE Karnataka police have arrested BP Mahesh Chandra Guru, a professor in the journalism department of Mysore University and a well-known Phule-Ambedkarite writer. Professor Guru had made some sharp comments against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani at a function organized in the university recently to pay tributes to Rohit Vemula. It is claimed by the authorities that he had also allegedly insulted Lord Ram. Professor Guru is a regular contributor to FORWARD Press. Last year, along with Kannada writers, he had observed Mahishasur Day in Mysore. This event was widely talked-about in Kannada media. Since then, he had become an eyesore for the government, irrespective of the fact that it is a Congress government is in power in the state. This Congress government is proving that it is as loyal to RSS – Modi forces than as the BJP governments are.
Com. Rudrayya, secretary of Karnataka state committee of the CPI(ML) Red Star has condemned the repression of writers of different languages battling against cultural domination of Brahminical forces and has demanded his release. He has appealed to the people to stand by such progressive writers and social activists.