Former Karnataka CM H.D. Kumaraswamy, who underwent a successful heart valve replacement surgery at the Apollo hospital in Bengaluru on September 22, declared at a press conference a week later that he had been “reborn”. The JD(S) state party chief didn’t even wait to be discharged. An exodus of several popular leaders from the JD(S) has resulted in a critical situation—and Kumaraswamy’s isolation—within the party. So perhaps the venue was only appropriate.