The women who have been appointed to key posts under the 50 percent reservation scheme have confined themselves to attending meetings and public functions and the other administration work is surprisingly done by their husbands, said MLA R Narendra, here on Monday.
He was speaking after inaugurating Basava Jayanti celebrations at SVK College auditorium in the town organised under the auspices of National Festivals Committee. During 12th century, Basavanna had completely empowered women, said the MLA and added that those days Akka Mahadevi, Akka Nagamma, Lakshmamma, Mukthayakka and others used to sit to together to debate and then create vachana sahitya. “However, nowadays the women’s freedom has been snatched away by their husbands and wonder what would happen if there is 100 percent reservation for women in key positions,” lamented Narendra.
Heggavadipura Mahadevaswamy, senior teacher of MCS High School in Chamarajanagar, said that Basavanna was a great revolutionary who fought for women’s cause at the time when kings were fighting for women, gold and land.
Basavanna strived for the betterment of all humans irrespective of caste, creed and religion. We should emulate Basavanna’s principles, he added.
Vrushabharajendra Swamiji of Gundegala Thotada Mutt, Akhila Bharata Veerashaiva Mahasabha president M Basavaraju, TMC president Mallikarjun, Zilla Panchayat members Nagaraju, Shivamma, Jayanthi, TMC members Harsha, Sumasubbanna, Shivanand, Assistant Commissioner Kavitha Rajaram, Tahsildar C Mahadevaiah, BEO Mahadevamma, EO Manjunathaswamy, Veerashaiva leader Dr Shivarudraswamy, Shashibimba, Shirastedars Srinivas, B K Srinivas, Mallashetty, TMC Commissioner D K Lingaraju and village accountant Shivanna were present. Town police sub-inspector N Anand and staff had provided elaborate police security.