Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: Writer Baraguru Ramachandrappa has called upon employees of Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) to fight not only for their cause but also for the cause of society.

Speaking at the meeting of KSRTC Staff and Workers' Union here on Monday, Mr. Ramachandrappa said workmen should fight for issues such as injustice meted out to farmers and harassment of women. "If you fight for the people's cause, people will come in support of your cause. This is how you can win confidence of people, which is necessary for success of any struggle. It will also widen the scope of the struggle," he said.

Coming down heavily on the proponents of globalisation, Mr. Ramachandrappa said it was being considered as the source of economic development of the country. He termed globalisation as another word for inequality. "Here the capitalists will call the shots and not the Government."

The government, which was abiding to the dictates of economic superpowers, was not concerned about the ailing public sector companies and small-scale industries, he alleged. "They want to hand over administration of these units, including the public transport companies, to multinational companies, which are least concerned about us," he said. Such a process of economic development was devoid of human face, he added.

Siddanagouda Patil of Communist Party of India; M.C. Narasimhan, president of All India Trade Union Congress, and H.V. Anantasubbarao, Secretary, AITUC, spoke.