Basava Jayanti celebrated in Kollegal

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.



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