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Politics to the rescue: Hakki Pikkis tribes of Karnataka in war-hit Sudan

Matching rhetoric with action, Operation Kaveri to repatriate Indians, including members of the Hakki Pikki tribe, from Sudan became a barbed arrow in Karnataka's political quiver

India brought home another 229 of its citizens from war-torn Sudan on Sunday	PHOTO: PTI
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India brought home another 229 of its citizens from war-torn Sudan on Sunday PHOTO: PTI

Aditi Phadnis
Only rarely do conflicts in faraway countries become issues in elections. But the ongoing polls to the Karnataka Assembly saw a rapid rhetoric escalation culminating in Prime Minister Narendra Modi personally overseeing the operations to extract Indians from war-hit Sudan.

The Congress in Karnataka now claims that but for its intervention, Indians in Sudan would have been left to fend for themselves. But history tells us that a well-oiled machinery is in place that will always respond, no matter the complexion of the government in power.

The current controversy started with a tweet last month from Congress leader and former

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First Published: Apr 30 2023 | 9:29 PM IST

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