Mangaluru: “It is very sad to say that a political party in our country has taken up the sensitive issue of Sabarimala temple entry and is trying to turn it into a vote bank. But, such cheap political strategies will not yield any positive result for them”, said multilingual actor Prakash Rai on Saturday, December 1.
He was addressing a gathering at a two-day literary conference organised by `Abhimatha Mangaluru` at the Shanthi Kiran auditorium in Bajjodi, Nanthoor. Without naming the party BJP, Rai said, ‘I wonder how a political party dares to rule the whole country by providing fake promises to the people. As there are no developmental matters to bank on now, the sensitive `Sabarimala` issue is being raised. Those who take up the issue of Sabarimala should be aware that religion and beliefs are personal and they do not yield food.”
Prakash Rai named himself as a most healthy virus to combat against those anti-social elements which are trying to ruin the peace of the society. Taking the issue of Hindu leaders who were detained by the police prior to his speech, Prakash Rai said, “I love everyone and I wanted to speak to my protesters as well. Instead of hating others, I want to resolve the issue with the formal discussion”, he said.
The problem lies in implementing the constitution: Nagamohan Das
The conference was inaugurated by Justice H N Nagamohan Das and during his inaugural address, he opined that there is no need of changing the constitution. “There is nothing wrong in our constitution. But, the problem lies in implementing our constitution. Due to a good constitution, people from even the downtrodden communities are able to secure a good position in society. But, it is sad that some of those elected as our representatives say that they were voted to power only to change the constitution. There is a need to raise our voice against those who question our fundamental rights, freedom of expression, food habits, dress code among others”, he said.
The programme was presided over by noted writer Vinaya Vakkunda. Dalit Sangharsha Samiti leader M Devadas and litterateur Dr Haseena Khadri were present.