HUBLI: Primary and Secondary Education Minister Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri has called upon the members of the Havyaka community to set an example for other communities to follow by organising themselves and preserving their culture.
He was speaking at the foundation laying ceremony of the Havyaka Samskrutika Samudaya Bhavana and the inauguration of the Havyaka Habba in Hubli on Sunday.
Mr. Kageri said the Havyaka community was known for its culture and it had a great responsibility of preserving the same. The younger generation of the community had been detached from the environment of agriculture in the malnad area, which formed an integral part of the Havyaka culture.
“Now that most of the families of Havyaka community had shifted to cities and towns mainly for reasons of employment, the great responsibility of making the younger generation imbibe the cultural values resist on the elders”, he said.
Mr. Kageri called upon the members of the community not to forget their roots and asked them to join hands with the two swamijis of Havyaka community who had been doing a lot to preserve and promote the Havyaka culture.
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Jagadish Shettar, who laid the foundation stone for the Bhavana, said that although the Havyaka community was small, it was strong as far as organising itself was concerned.
He lauded the contributions of the community to society and said that he would take steps to release Rs. 5 lakh for the community hall from his local area development fund.
MP Pralhad Joshi said that politically the community’s contribution was significant in the State as it produced leaders of the calibre of the former chief minister Ramakrishna Hegde.
MLC Vijay Sankeshwar said that he had already released Rs. 10 lakh for the community hall. Havyaka Shaikshanika mattu Samskrutika Samsthe president M.K. Hegde, in his welcome address, said that the bhavana would be built at a cost of Rs. 2 crore. MLAs Virabhadrappa Halaharavi and Chandrakanth Bellad spoke.
Mayor Viranna Savadi, Deputy Mayor Venkatesh Mestri, advocate B.D. Hegde and journalist Arunkumar Habbu were present.