“As the children of mahouts are grown in a free and open environment, they need not be taken into a controlled environment and it is not even possible to get them under control,” said journalist Rajashekhar Koti.
He was speaking at the book distribution programme for the children of mahouts organised at the premises of Mysuru Palace, by the women’s wing of Kannada Sahitya Parishat.
“The children are grown in a free atmosphere. It is not possible to expect them to behave in a disciplined manner. There are a lot of talents among these children that need to be identified. They have roamed all over the forest and understood the lessons of life. It is difficult for them to get set to this environment. But Kannada Sahitya Parishat is taking up a good initiative by providing them with books,” he opined.
“The women’s wing needs to develop reading habits among the women. Initiative should be taken to make them read. Women and children should be made to read more,” he added.
President of Ka Sa Pa women’s wing M N Latha Mohan said that the television and mobile phones have affected the reading habits. To make people read, initiatives will be taken in the coming days.
Story books, anecdotes, Kannada Kali-Nali, general knowledge, grammar, aksharamale, muddana, note books, pencil, eraser and other materials were distributed to the children.
President of Vandhe Mataram Foundation Mahesh Kamath, Akhila Karnataka Parisara Jagruthi Vedike President T Mahadevaswamy, former president of Ka Sa Pa Maddikere Gopal, Venkoba Rao, Ananth, Karthik, Narayan, Sumana Raghunandan, Kousalya, Saraswathi Shetty, Vijaya Nanjundaiah, Padmini and others were present.