'Reservation policy has divided people'

Delivering the presidential address at the Gandhi Jayanthi celebrations organised by the Mahatma Gandhi Peace Foundation at Tagore Park here on Friday, Shetty said that the policy of ensuring reservation to minority is a blow to the national integrity.
“All citizens in the nation should be treated equally,” he added.

Recalling Mahatma Gandhi’s spirit of nationalism, Shetty said that Gandhiji could have become the first Prime Minister of India if he had such an ambition then. Instead of trying to secure the Prime Minister’s post in New Delhi, Gandhiji was striving to put an end to the communal riots in Bengal on August 14, 1947, he said. “Gandhiji was always in the forefront in the movements for nationalism,” Shetty added.

Mahatma Gandhi Peace Foundation honourary president Octavia Albuquerque said that craze for cinema and western culture corrupts the young minds in India. Nation can be a model only if citizens are true and dedicated to it, she added.

St Aloysius College Kannada Professor Dr Ganesh Amin Sankamar delivered the key-note address. Mahatma Gandhi Peace Foundation Secretary Dr N Ismail, treasurer P Sadananda, joint secretaries K Dinakar Shetty and P Prabhakar Sriyan were present.

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