Kuvempu National Awardee Devanooru Mahadeva on Friday regretted that basic fundamental rights like education, health and water are being treated like commodities and people are becoming too materialistic in their thinking. He was speaking at the Janandolana Mahamaithri organised at the Institute of Engineers by Karnataka State Farmers Association.
After inaugurating the programme, he said: “All the elements in the society have been commercialised. The land ordinance bill that was introduced by the government was indirectly helping the corporate and private enterprises to enjoy the benefits, though it was withdrawn after a massive protest.”
He added, “The report submitted by Nijam Sir Committee says that water is being treated like a saleable commodity. This is only helping private entrepreneurs,” he added.
Farmer activist Chukki Nanjunda Swamy said: “The important factors of the nation are being neglected. The pride of the nation lies with unity in diversity. There have been several attacks on the diversity. We need to be mature enough to take farmers’ associations into confidence and try to understand their issues.”
Roopa Hassan, woman activist, Raghavendra Kushtagi, President, Janasangram Parishat, and others were present on the occasion.
Photo: S R Hirematt, founder of Jana Sangrama Parishat addressing the audience while Devanooru Mahadeva, Roopa Hassan, K S Puttanaiah and others look on.