Call Me By My Name (Not Surname)

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Call Me By My Name (Not Surname)

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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hat’s in a name? Apparently, everything.

Last Wednesday, I woke up to news of Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde claiming on Twitter that there was a “deliberate attempt” on his life. Apparently, a truck hit his convoy in Haveri district of Karnataka. Instead of waiting for the preliminary report like a responsible representative, the esteemed minister who is known for his enthusiasm for constitution rewriting, shouted through the virtual megaphone that someone was trying to kill him. (This morning, he upgraded to receiving a death threat.)

Oh, who in the name of Sirsi Marikamba’s he-buffalo, would try to kill this doctor-beating, constitution-rewriting, Muslim-vote-rejecting pious Hindu man?

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