The two-day Dalit women literature meet, jointly organised by Department of Kannada and Culture, Kannada Book Publication, University of Mysore, Kuvempu Kannada Adhyayana and Mandya’s Belaku Association kickstarted today at UoM’s B M auditorium.
Senior writer and social activist B T Lalitha Nayak, chief guest of the meet spoke about how the transformation in the society is possible by common people. “Small people with big hearts can bring about a lot of changes in the society. This was proved by Dr B R Ambedkar,” she said.
Speaking after inaugurating the meet, Indira Krishnappa said since centuries, women have never been treated equally in the society. “But after India’s independence, noted personalities like Dr Ambedkar, Jyothi Bapule, Gangubai Saamantha and others pitched in for women’s rights and as a result, women are gradually displaying their strengths,” she said.
Another guest at the event, Nadoja Prof Kamala Hampana said that there is no gender discrimination in dalit society as both dalit men and women are tortured by people of other castes. “Folk literature is the root for all vedic literature,” she said. “The younger generation is losing its potential due to excess use of television and mobile phones,” she added.
Dr Banjagere Jayprakash expressed joy over the literature meet for Dalit women for the first time. He said that women are the most tortured souls. “Literature is a platform to bring out the best in them. Let this meet become the start of many such events across the country,” he said.
UoM Vice Chancellor Prof Rangappa, Department of Kannada and Culture joint secretary V N Mallikarjun Swamy, Prof K N Ganganayak, Prof Nelagiri M Thalavaar, Dr A C Lalitha, and Dr M Nanjayya Honganur were present at the meet.
Earlier, guest of honour, Lalitha Nayak was taken on a procession on the main roads of Mysuru.