Noted Kannada litterateur and social activist Devanur Mahadeva has said that the widening gap between the ‘haves' and ‘have-nots' in the country portends a danger to democracy.
Mr. Mahadeva was speaking to presspersons after receiving the Padma Shri from Deputy Commissioner Harsh Gupta at his residence in Kuvempunagar on Wednesday. He was unable to go to Delhi to receive the award. Those who belonged to the ‘haves' category were buying elected representatives and governments; a trend that could spell the end of democracy, he lamented. This could lead to violence and inequality in society and democracy could not thrive where there was inequality.
Looking at public property and natural resources as private property was the other problem prevailing in the State, Mr. Mahadeva said. “Democracy should not become a saleable commodity,” he said. Police Commissioner Sunil Agarwal was present.