Dubai: The Twelfth episode of talk show Subalterns by Village TV Trust, Mangaluru and Loyola Degree College, Bengaluru was held on Friday January 28 at 6.30 pm IST.
Students, Chaithra L., and Amrutha L. from Second and First BCom were the special guests of the event. Chaithra L and Amrutha L are siblings. They are the daughters of late Lakshmanam and Yallamma who is a flower vendor.
Kiran Nirkan hosted the session. 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.
Post welcoming the guests for the day, Kiran Nirkan presented the video documentary of Yallamma.
Yallamma said, Wages can be earned even tomorrow but education has to be gained at the right time.
Yallamma, anwering the host’s question on her initail days in tying of flowers and selling said, I was carrying flower basket on the head and was leaving home around six in the morning. Back then, as kids were still young, I was reaching back early at eight o’clock so that I can get them ready for school.
Stating her strife during lockdown she said that she gained ration through people’s charity. And also added that they received no aid from the government.
Demonitisation, and hike in domestic cylinder price too have made their life miserable expressed her.
Dr. Kumaraswamy Bijjihalli, Head of Kannada Department at Loyola College said, “We as people bargain when buying from street vendors, and not from malls. Government too have failed in fulfilling its promises in providing them a dignified life.”
Lack of knowledge on street vendor organisations among the vendors, and middle men misusing the government monetary schemes for street vendors might also be the reasons behind their denied growth among others, he observed.
Dr. Rajesh, Head of Commerce Department made his presence on the show, and assured all the support for the academic success of the students.
Yallamma and family expressed their gratitude to News Karnataka for its initiative.
Kiran Niran wishing every one good luck and success signed off the session.