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ನೂರೆಂಟು ಸುಳ್ಳು (nUreMTu suLLu)

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Friday, February 08, 2008

1 Vote Does Make A Difference...But, What About 4 Factual Errors?

In yesterday's (Feb 7, 2008) Vijaya Karnataka, there's an article with the title: "ಒಂದು ಮತ ಹಾಕದಿದ್ದರೂ ಒಳ್ಳೆ ಅಭ್ಯರ್ಥಿ ತಪ್ಪಿಯಾನು ಜೋಕೆ!"

The gist of the article:

ನಮ್ಮಲ್ಲಿ 'ನಾನೊಬ್ಬ ಮತ ನೀಡದಿದ್ದರೆ ದೇಶವೇನೂ ಮುಳುಗೋದಿಲ್ಲ' ಎನ್ನುವ ನಿರ್ಲಿಪ್ತವಾದಿಗಳಿಗೇನು ಕೊರತೆಯಿಲ್ಲ. ಒಂದು ರೂ.ನಿಂದ ನೂರು ರೂ ಆಗುವಂತೆ, ಒಂದು ಮತದಿಂದಲೇ ಸಾವಿರ ಮತಗಳಾಗುವುದು. ಹಾಗೆಯೇ, ಒಂದು ಮತದಿಂದಲೇ ಸೋಲು ಎರಗಬಹುದು. ಒಳ್ಳೆಯ ಅಭ್ಯರ್ಥಿ ಕೈ ತಪ್ಪಬಹುದು. ಒಂದು ಮತ ಏನೆಲ್ಲ ಮಾಡುತ್ತದೆ ನೋಡಿ.

Could a single vote make a difference? Sure it could.
To illustrate (or emphasize?) this point, the author of the article mentions the following historical events:

  • ಒಂದೇ ಮತದ ಅಂತರದಿಂದ ಸೈನಿಕನಾಗಿದ್ದ ಆಲಿವರ್ ಕ್ರಾಮ್‌ವೆಲ್(1645) ಎಂಬಾತ ಇಡೀ ಇಂಗ್ಲೆಂಡ್ ಮೇಲೆ ಹಿಡಿತ ಸಾಧಿಸಿಬಿಟ್ಟ.
  • ಒಂದನೇ ಚಾರ್ಲ್ಸ್ ದೊರೆಗೆ ಗಲ್ಲು ಶಿಕ್ಷೆಯಾಯಿತು. ಕೇವಲ ಒಂದು ಮತದ ಹೆಚ್ಚಳದಿಂದ!
  • ಅಮೆರಿಕ ದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರಭಾಷೆಯಾಗಿ ಜರ್ಮನ್ ಬದಲಿಗೆ ಇಂಗ್ಲಿಷ್ ಅನುಷ್ಠಾನಕ್ಕೆ ಬಂದದ್ದು ಒಂದೇ ಮತದ ಮೇಲುಗೈ ಕೃಪೆಯಿಂದ!
  • ಜರ್ಮನಿಯ ಹಿಟ್ಲರ್‌ನನ್ನು ನಾಝಿ (1923) ಪಕ್ಷದ ಮುಖ್ಯಸ್ಥನನ್ನಾಗಿಸಲು ದೊರೆತ ಹೆಚ್ಚುವರಿ ಮತ ಎಷ್ಟು ಗೊತ್ತೆ? ಬರೀ ಒಂದು!

So, what's the problem?!
The problem is, none of them is really true.
All these are urban legends. (For details, you know what do here)

By the way, the author mentions about Vajpayee government's loss in parliament by one vote in 1998. This, as far as we know, is factually correct.

Tail Piece: We have sent an e-mail to VK's Correction Department. Let's see what happens..

4 Comments:

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May 13, 2008, 5:47:00 AM  
Blogger M.M. said...

Dear Sanjaya,

Came across this blog just now--was so impressed that I went through and archived all your previous posts. And I regret that it has been an extra-ordinarily long time since you blogged. Why?????

Even if it is just the OTC excuse "somaaritana", say it loud and clear once in a while; lest readers misunderstand this silence...

All the same, it has been a very enriching experience with you...

Jul 11, 2008, 4:32:00 PM  
Blogger Seeji said...

Dude,

Amazing blog.

Still in the process of going through all the 'Noorent sullu' whch I have grown/fed with from our media.

good work buddy

Jan 3, 2009, 2:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why have you stopped blogging. VK and newspapers continues to make factual errors. Looks like they are having the last laugh over their empire of lies.

Sep 10, 2009, 8:40:00 PM  

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