Mangaluru, March 17, 2016: India, the world’s largest democracy though once had great pride over its general elections has become a farce today with money power playing a dominant role in the elections, said Gopalakrishna Gandhi, grandson of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi.
Speaking after inaugurating a seminar on ’Gandhian Thoughts Relevant at all Times’ held at the University College in Mangaluru on March 17, Thursday, he said that the government is answerable to the Parliament for backtracking on the Lokpal Bill. "Is there anything to hide and to be afraid of ? If that is so, what does the government want to hide?" he questioned.
Referring to RTI he said the enforcement of the RTI was one of the wonderful achievements of the UPA Government for which it needs to be congratulated. However, the objectives with which RTI was introduced are not met with, he said.
On the Swachh Bharath Campaign, he said Mangaluru can set example for other cities in India in th is regard. Gandhiji was strongly in favour of Swachha Bharath, he said adding he however gave importance to both inner and outer cleanliness in the country including cleansing of political, social and intellectual fields.
Showering praises on Mangaluru, he said Mangaluru is a confluence of many cultures and a symbol of living in harmony and brotherhood.
Former Lokayukta Justice Santhosh Hegde released a book “On the trails of Gandhiji Footsteps-Odyssey of Jathappa Rai."
In his address, Santhosh Hegde said that greed was dominant in the country where there is Himsa instead of Ahimsa. Wealth and power are accorded great respect in today’s world, he said adding people need to have ambition to grow higher in life. They need to develop a humanistic approach in their life’s journey in order to bring change in the society, he added.
Editor of the book Dr. Erya Laxminarayana Alva said the life and sacrifices of freedom fighter Jathappa Rai will set an example for the present generation. The book is a compilation of articles on Jathappa Rai written by various authors.
Vice Chancellor of Mangalore University Prof K Byrappa, Principal of University College Dr. Uday Kumar, Scholar Dr. Heranje Krishna Bhat and Promodkumar Rai, former Managing Director of Campco were present on the dais.