Describing the attacks on the students and systematic targeting of the universities by the central government as “adultery of the Indian Constitution,” University of Mysore Registrar Prof C Basavaraju said that any attack on freedom of expression was mockery of democracy and the Indian Constitution.
Speaking at the 125th birth anniversary celebrations of Dr B R Ambedkar, organised by the Karnataka Sena Pade on Tuesday, Prof Basavaraju warned of a bleak future of the country if attacks on the universities and atrocities against students did not end.
“Dr Ambedkar did not only strive for equality, liberty, fraternity and justice to all, but also had focused on promoting education and upholding freedom of expression. By launching attacks on educational institutions and violating the fundamental rights of the students to raise their voice and dissent, we are insulting the architect of the Indian Constitution and democracy,” he said, adding, “Attacks on educational institutions will only paralyse the country.”
He further said stressed the need for a society where fundamental rights of downtrodden were protected and equality, liberty, fraternity and justice were upheld as imagined by Dr Ambedkar. Prof Basavaraju also expressed concern over the practice of untouchability in a few villages in the state.
Former minister S A Ramadas hailed Dr Ambedkar’s efforts in ensuring everyone a country free of all social evils. “If at all there is unity among people of cross sections of the communities, it’s because of Dr Ambedkar. If it was not for him, things wouldn’t have been the same,” Ramadas said.
He further said that the architect of the Indian Constitution who had committed to promote education in India should be a role model to every student.
On the occasion, Inspector P M Siddaraju, Lakshmipuram Police Station, social worker Tumbal Ramanna, Kannada activist K S Shivaramu, D N Nataraju and M Kamal Raj were felicitated for their contributions in various fields.