'Maintaining law and order is everybody's responsibility'

Harmony meet marks Deepavali celebrations in Mangalore

 
Odiyooru mutt pontiff Sri Datta Gurudevananda Swamy inaugurating the Deepavali harmony meet at Town Hall in Mangalore on Sunday. dh photo Addressing at a harmony meet organised as part of the ‘Tulunada Thudar Parba’, the Deepavali celebration, under the aegis of District Kannada Sahitya Parishat (DKSP), Kannada and Culture Department and Kalkura Prathishtana at the Town Hall here on Sunday, Hosur said that Police Department is only an organisation which work towards maintaining law and order. However, it is primarily citizens, who in reality, can maintain harmony in the society, he added.

“Even a minor incident can trigger a major violence and destroy peace in the society. However, it is fortunate that people in Dakshina Kannada themselves have taken a decision not to pave way for any such violence again,” he said adding that festivals including Ramzan, Navaratri and Deepavali were celebrated harmoniously this year.

Further quoting businessmen, he pointed out that the business turnover in the city has been increased five times compared to previous years. “If people take initiative to maintain peace and harmony in the society, it will be beneficial to them,” he added.
Blessing the occasion, Odiyooru mutt pontiff Sri Datta Gurudevananda Swamy said, “there is light in everyone’s heart, which is called ‘Athmajyothi’. If this jyothi, which comprises fire, was used in proper manner, it will throw light into the world. But at the same time, same fire can also destroy the world, if not used properly.” Deepavali lights the lamp of humanitarian values in every mind, he added.

Veteran litterateur Erya Laxminarayana Rao presided. Mangalore Diocese Indian Catholic Youth Movement Director Fr Anil D’Souza, Karnataka Beary Sahitya Academy Chairman M B Abdul Rehman, Karnataka Bank Managing Director P Jayaram Bhat and State Kannada Sahitya Parishat former president Harikrishna Punarooru and DKSP president Pradeep Kumar Kalkura were present.

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