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Constitution Awareness Jatha and Convention held at Town Hall

Constitution Awareness Jatha and Convention held at Town Hall


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Mangalore, November 26: Namma TV and the Constitution Awareness Movement jointly organized a Constitution Awareness Jatha and Convention at Town Hall on Nov 26, Friday. This event is part of a 2-month long “Constitution Awareness Movement,” which will be run from Nov 26 to Jan 26 with the purpose of reinforcing constitutional rights and values.

Constitution Awareness Jatha and Convention held at Town Hall

 

Constitution Awareness Jatha and Convention held at Town Hall

 

Constitution Awareness Jatha and Convention held at Town Hall

 

Constitution Awareness Jatha and Convention held at Town Hall

 

Constitution Awareness Jatha and Convention held at Town Hall

 

Constitution Awareness Jatha and Convention held at Town Hall

 

Constitution Awareness Jatha and Convention held at Town Hall

 

Constitution Awareness Jatha and Convention held at Town Hall

 

Constitution Awareness Jatha and Convention held at Town Hall

 

Constitution Awareness Jatha and Convention held at Town Hall


Dr. C. S. Dwaraka Nath, the former chairman of State Backward Classes’ Commission, said that the constitution is like the mother who protects and provides the right to live till death. Widely acclaimed as the best constitution in the world, the Indian constitution has been compiled by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar. Everybody should know the constitution, he said.


Criticizing B. S. Yeddyurappa, the chief minister of Karnataka, he said that today’s mothers will advise their children not to become like C. M. Yeddyurappa or Shobha Karandhlaje, who do not value the Indian constitution. Although there is a prima facie case against Yeddyurappa, he has not been arrested; however, naxals are arrested even before their guilt is proved.


Lamenting that people hardly value the constitution, he said that only certain components of it are being given value, owing to which majority of the seats are grabbed by high-caste people while dalits are still bonded labourers. The only hardware and software controlling the country at present are lingayaths and Brahmins, he said. Citing the example of the Karnataka High Court, he said that it comprises 9 lingayaths, 8 vokkaligas, 6 brahmins, 4 dalits, and 2 minorities. Although the constitution has been attacked, none of the ministers question this in assembly, he added.


Additional District and Sessions Judge S. P. Chengappa, who was the chief guest of the event, said that ministers are seen fighting in assembly, which is a huge insult to the Indian constitution. Stating that even the Vidhana Soudha will be denotified in a few days, he said that ministers should have some common knowledge about the constitution so that they can respect it.


Human rights activist M. Venkataswamy said that students of commerce, arts, and science should also know about the constitution. The constitution prepared by Manusmrithi, which gave importance to the caste system, was being used before Ambedkar compiled the current constitution, he said. He also urged people to choose wisely between Panchanga and Rajyanga.


Prof. Rita Noronha, general convener of the movement, presided over the event and said that the administration is violating human rights, child rights, as well as women’s rights. Unfortunately, people do not even know about their rights, she lamented and expressed hopes that the constitutional movement will create awareness about the constitution.


Advocate Stanley R. D’Costa delivered the welcome address; and Hussain Katipalla compered the programme. Advocate and notary B. A. Mohammed Haneef delivered the keynote address on the occasion. Former MP Vinay Kumar Sorake was the chief guest. The resource persons were Lolaksha, P. V. Mohan, Dr. B. K. Ravindra, Renny D’Souza, Rafiuddin Kudroli, B. A. Mohammed Haneef, Prema G., and others.


A rally was also organized from Jyothi Circle to Town Hall. It was inaugurated by prominent people such as Sumathi Kodical; Carmin D’Souza, the agricultural worker; Geetha Shetty, the social activist and member of Soorinje Gram Panchayath; and Susheela Poojary, a farmer of Neermarga.


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