Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University Registrar Pasala Sudhakar on Tuesday said FDI in multi-brand outlet would trigger job losses and asked students to give up their materialistic attitude and work as change agents by championing the cause of human rights.

He was speaking at World Human Rights Day celebrations at Integrated Institute of Advanced Management (IIAM), MVP Colony organised by South Asia Coordinating Council-International Association for Religious Freedom.

Prof. Sudhakar said the youngsters should be alert on various issues and behave responsibly to safeguard the rights.

He said FDI in retail outlets would lead to loss of livelihood for many small-time businessmen.

“Already we have Reliance, More, Spencer’s. Now the entry of Wal-Mart will lead to loss of jobs to many. Now itself we don’t find vegetable growers coming from villages on a door-to-door sale mission to the cities and towns,” he stated.

Citing instances of human rights, he said rejection of someone for not being good at spoken English was also a violation of human rights. Economic and political instability was leading to closure of banks and other institutes throwing many out of jobs.

He said today’s youth was not ‘useless’ but ‘used less.’ If their potential was used properly by motivating them, they could contribute a lot for achieving a just society, he added.

Former director of Andhra University Academic Staff College K. Ravi, IIAM director B. Praveteeswara Rao, B.V. Foundation for Peace & Harmony chairman Narava Prakasa Rao and secretary M. Shamsuddin spoke.