'Samudaya' jatha enters M'lore

Novel protest against price hike and corruption staged

Mand Shobann Gurkaar Eric Ozario inaugurating the Jatha organised by Karnataka Rajya Samudaya Samanvaya Samiti in front of Deputy Commissioner’s Office on Thursday. DH Photo

The Jatha organised by Karnataka Rajya Samudaya Samanvaya Samiti in front of Deputy Commissioner’s Office on Thursday had a vivid display of cartoons and caricatures. The people were all smiles seeing the sarcastic representations of the serious, prevailing issues. The distinct protest had folk songs rehashed to suit the latest political and social conditions. Street plays, poets’ meet etc were all a  part of the programme.

Speaking at the Jatha, Samudaya State General Secretary T Surendra Rao demanded that the temple trusts and religious centres should come under the purview of RTI so that the foreign funds can be monitored.

The four pillars of democracy, the legislative, executive, judiciary and the media are shaken today. “Corruption has reached the roots of these fur pillars. People have lost hope in the judicial system,” he said and added that the excise tax on petrol is 14 per cent, making it extremely unafforadable for the common man. The tax on aviation fuel is 3.60 per cent. Why does the government levy less tax on luxury travel and more tax on essential commodities, questioned Rao.

About two lakh farmers have committed suicide and Indians are walking with their heads high boasting about the 54 billionaire in the country. They do not realise that wealth is concentrated in the hands of few hands, he added.

Inaugurating the Jatha, Mand Shobann Gurkaar Eric Ozario said that the protest against price rise and corruption should not stop after four days but has to continued till the issue is solved.

Renowned Tulu Theatre Director Vijaykumar Kodialbail credited media for making Anna Hazare known worldwide.

Media can show the world more such Anna Hazares, he said but lamented that many of the corrupt politicians are the owners of different media. “These media moghuls stop earnest reporters from reporting truth,” said Vijaykumar.

State tour

The Jatha kicked off on May 15 at Bidar and Dharwad simultaneously. Both the Jathas will tour the state and will reach Bangalore on May 28 for the valedictory ceremony.

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