'60 yrs, essence of Constitution untouched'

District-in-Charge Minister Krishna J Palemar handing over the keys of rickshaw-tempo to the SC/ST beneficiaries under the special project of Fisheries Department in Mangalore on Thursday. ZP CEO P Shivshankar and Fisheries Department Deputy Director Suresh Kumar look on. DH photo

''Dr B R Ambedkar’s vision and foresight is commendable. Though the Constitution was written 60 years ago, it is relevant even today. It is because of this reason that there has been no need to change the essence of the Constitution,'' said District-in-Charge Minister Krishna J Palemar.

Speaking at a programme organised to mark the 120th birth anniversery of Dr B R Ambedkar on Thursday at Town Hall, he said that Ambedkar had a clear vision about the future of the country and rightly he made an appropriate Constitution for the country.

“Ambedkar has raised voice against inequality and it is due to the fight taken up by Ambedkar that today we see caste based inequality slowly fading out. Unfortunately, the class based disparity still exists,” said Palemar adding that even class based inequality can be rooted out by implementing ideas of Ambedkar. MLA U T Khader said that the Indian Constitution is a holy epic for every citizen of this country. “Following and respecting the Constitution itself is a tribute to its the writer,” said Khader.

University College Vice-Principal M Kumaraswamy said that the society has not accepted the Dalits completely. “It is not wrong if Dalits demand equal right and respect. As long as they are deprived of rights and equality, incidents of conversion will continue to happen,” he said.

Padma, a brave girl from Kanyadi who saved a girl bitten by snake, folk artist Gopal Shibarur, agriculturist Chikkaiah Kashipatna, student Abhilashri K, folk dancer Dayananda N S and University College Vice-Principal M Kumaraswamy were felicitated.

Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat President K T Shailaja Bhat, Mayor Praveen, Deputy Mayor Geetha Nayak, Coastal Development Authority President B Nagaraj Shetty among others were present.

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