'Protect culture for nation's progress'

The protection and conservation of the rich culture of the country was necessary for progress of the country, said Dr Siddana Gowda Patil, secretary of Communist Party of India State Committee.

He was speaking after inaugurating Shramikara Samskruthika Samavesha (a cultural meet for the labourers) and the sports meet organised by the at the Kannada Sahithya Parishat in Vijayanagar here on Sunday.

“The country has successfully emerged from the political and economic crisis. The recession worldwide had little impact on country’s economy. The terrorists strike and natural disasters like Tsunamis was not able to shake the country. But, a collapse of cultural and moral values will surely take the country to abyss,” he said.

He regretted that the world was getting rid of the values and cultural history. Previously, being held corrupt was a shame. Now, corruption has turned out to be pride title, while the honest are considered helpless. This was a dangerous development, he opined.

More than cultural activism, the country was witnessing a craving for material comforts. The cinema, cricket and entertainment have had a bad impact on culture, sports and literary areas. “We are losing our creativity by blindly following modernity,” he said and added that cinema and media industry have the responsibility to show the way for countrymen,” he added.

Maddikere Gopal, president of Zilla Kannada Sahitya Parishat was felicitated on the occasion. Registrar of Music University Neelagiri M Talawar, AITUC general secretary H R Sheshadri, filmmaker Jayatheertha and others were present on the occasion.

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