'More politics in literature than in political parties'

Last Updated 21 December 2013, 19:29 IST

Vishwa Nudisiri witnesses political debate as politicians M C Nanaiah, Suresh Kumar and B L Shankar speak on a special lecture on politics.

Moodbidri: JD(S) leader M C Nanaiah has said that there is more politics in literature than in political parties. Some litterateurs including, Jnanapeeta awardees write in such a way that common man would think that politicians are better than politicians. He was speaking on current political scenario, during Alva’s Vishwa Nudisiri at Rathnakaravarni Vedike here in Vidyagiri, on Saturday.

There are different groups of literatures like rebel literature, Brahmin literature and many other streams create confusion among people. Some people even commented that Alva’s Vishva Nudisiri is being used for financial purpose, but Mohan Alva should not feel for the words of narrow-minded people, he said. He also suggested Kannada Sahitya Parishat President Pundalika Halambi not to mention about closing the Parishat, but to take Nudisiri as a model to conduct Kannada Sahitya Sammelana. 

‘Politics not in track’

Nanaiah agreed that corruption which in legislature, executive and also in judiciary has destroyed the whole system and he said that people also play a role by electing corrupt politicians. Nanaiah said that Lokpal Bill cannot stop corruption in country. “No party had wanted Lokpal Bill to pass in both the Houses of the Parliament. It is just the effect of Delhi election, where Aam Admi Party (AAP) gave a shock to national parties by winning 28 seats. It is a fact that politicians always fought together against anti-corruption laws,” he said. 

BJP MLA B Suresh Kumar said: “One cannot lose hope in our political system as the Prime Minister, Chief Minister and President all are a part of political system. Our political system is in need of a model. People have passed a clear message that they want change, through Delhi election,” he said. Meanwhile, he doubted whether people support a sincere politician every time. 

On Lokpal Bill, he said that the Bill is like hospital which serves after a disease occurs. “We want to change corrupt minds before punishing corrupt politicians. However, there are many good politicians who do not want change. Politics will come to track and it should come to track,” he said. 

Need for change 

Congress leader B L Shankar said that politicians means not only those who fight elections, but everything which creates awareness. Emphasising on the strength of Indian democracy, he said that Dr Ambedkar should be congratulated for selecting democracy against president model for India which is vast with 5,68,000 villages, 28 States and 1,618 languages. It is great where everyone has voting power and anyone can become CM or PM. “There are some shortcoming also, but politicians don’t have any contract to change the system. The criminalization, commercialization and communalization and hereditary politics are big challenges for us,” he said, adding that single person dominance is also threat to the democracy.

Shankar wanted some changes in election procedure. Both Parliament and Assembly elections should be conducted together, re-election should be avoided by choosing second choice, distributing voters ID to all in time, banning retired officers from directly fighting elections after retirement etc. “I strongly believe in democracy and it will prove its strength,” he hoped. 

Vishwa Nudisiri President Dr B A  Vivek Rai, Alva’s Education Foundation Chairman Dr Mohan Alva were present.

(Published 21 December 2013, 19:29 IST)

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