Untouchability and inequality are curse of the nation, says MLA

Untouchability and inequality are curse of the nation, says MLA

MLA Raghupathy Bhat has said that the practice of untouchability and inequality is the result of misunderstanding of two great epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata.

Speaking after inaugurating the birth anniversary celebrations of Maharshi Valmiki at Rajatadri, the MLA said that the two great epics were authored by the men belonging to backward class communities.

However, the idea of inequality and untouchability is a curse to the country’s progress. “Owing to these anti-humane tendencies, we are not able to achieve social equality.

Untouchability never existed in olden days. The ‘Varnashrama’ system evolved following the categorisation of professions adopted by different sections of people.

Only after people began choosing different vocations, the practice of inequality and untouchability developed”, he added.

The MLA  said that the state government with centre’s  financial assisa has introduced elaborate measures for the development of SC and ST communities.

The beneficiary programmes include education and housing schemes for these communities.

He called upon elected representatives and bureaucrats to work sincerely to ensure that these benefits reached the targeted people.

The government is organising birth anniversary celebrations of Valmiki and other social reformers to create awareness among youth regarding the social reforms initiated by them, he added.

‘Valmiki still relevant’

Delivering a special lecture on the occasion, Government Pre-University College Brahmavar Kannada Lecturer Tekatte Surendra Shetty said that Valmiki and his thoughts are  relevant even to this day.

He was the first person to promote  revolutionary ideas in the direction of social equality. He raised his voice against the injustices in society before others could do.  He ushered   equality, fair opportunities and justice, he added.