'Mockery of rational thinking not a good trend'

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'Mockery of rational thinking not a good trend'

The trend of mocking intellectuals and rationalists is an unhealthy trend prevailing these days. This in turn compliments the corrupt political system, which sees to that the rational thinking of people is destroyed. But, the ignorance could only be eliminated through intellect, said Litterateur Jayanth Kaikini. He was speaking as the guest of honour at the Sandesha Award ceremony held at Town Hall in Mangalore on Wednesday.

Most of the times, institutionalisation of awards are done without the concern of culture. Only some of them like Sandesha take the cultural aspect into consideration, he lauded. 

Kaikini further said: These days, the very purpose of awards are lost. There is a situation where applications are filed to receive awards. In this situation, one has to ensure that our cultural identity is kept intact, Kaikini said and felt for a need to evoke the intellectual creativity of people. 

“We should leave back the self-centered attitude to get the creative involvement with culture,” he added.

Mangalore Diocese Bishop Rev Fr Aloysius Paul D’Souza who was the chief guest said that some people do question the purpose of awards. In these days, where selfishness is at its heights, some people amidst us try to bring in changes by giving special contributions to the society. “Hence, it becomes our duty to honour such achievers through awards,” the Bishop said.

Litteartuer Na D’Souza was felicitated on the occasion.

Bangalore Diocese Archbishop Most Rev Fr Bernard Moras presided over the programme and presented the awards. Sandehsa Foundation Director Rev Fr Victor Lobo was present.

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