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Strive to live as fruitful citizens: Auto driver Gopal

Subalterns Talkshow
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Dubai: The 19th episode of talk show Subalterns by Village TV Trust, Mangaluru and Loyola Degree College, Bengaluru was aired on Friday April 29 at 6.30 pm IST.

The event host was Kiran Nirkan. Autorickshaw driver Gopal along with his son Pavan were guests of the day. Gopal discussed about his day to day struggles in this episode. The weekly programme is aired in Kannada.

The goal of ‘P2P – Local to Global’ is to provide a platform for unheard young voices in society and thereby create a supportive environment.

In the beginning of the programme Kiran welcomed the participants of the talk series.

Gopal talking about his journey as an autorickshaw driver shared, “Early morning is the busiest hours in the City of Bengaluru and so my day with auto begins at seven in the morning.”

Speaking his thirty years of experience as an auto driver in Bengaluru to that of Bengaluru today Gopal said, “heat, traffic and crossings have escalated too much compared to the past three decades.”

He also put forth his opinion on hiking fuel prices and the impact of Ola/Uber drives on conventional auto rides. ” I wish to see my son attain education. I want him to pursue LLB,” said Gopal ambitiously.

Dr. Kumaraswamy Bijjihalli, Head of the Kannada Department in Loyola College, Bengaluru opined, “If autorickshaws are brought under BMTC, it will be a beneficial move to the government and a security set-up to the drivers.”

Fr. Francis Almeida, Principal at Loyola College Bengaluru was a participant and appreciated the aim of Pavan and said, “With the aim he can succeed in aiding several downtrodden.”

As a piece of advice to the audience Gopal said, “One should aim and strive hard in fulfilling the dream. But one need not be sad for dream not being fulfilled. Rather we need to strive to live as fruitful citizens of the nation.”

Kumaraswamy Bijjihalli and Fr. Almeida appreciated the view of NewsKarnataka. Kiran Nirkan expressed the words of gratitude and signed off the session.

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Sumayya Parveen A.

Sumayya is a Journalism, Eng. Literature and History Graduate & IAS Aspirant. She is also a budding writer and poetess.

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