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‘Rising corruption has created cynicism and disillusionment'

HOLDING FORTH:Writer Rajendra Chenni addressing a symposium on the late P. Lankesh in Shimoga on Thursday.— Photo: Vaidya
HOLDING FORTH:Writer Rajendra Chenni addressing a symposium on the late P. Lankesh in Shimoga on Thursday.— Photo: Vaidya

The space for protests and ideological differences are shrinking in the democracy, said literary critic Rajendra Chenni.

The problem of corruption which has acquired a colossal proportion in recent times has created a sense of cynicism and disillusionment among the people. The right-wing fascist forces and the economic liberalisation have posed a threat for the very existence of democracy, he said at a symposium held at Kuvempu Rangamandir in the city on Thursday to mark writer late P. Lankesh's 77th birth anniversary .

For Lankesh, democracy was a feasible political system as he was aware of the immense possibilities it could offer. Mr. Lankesh presented critical insights on the farmer struggle launched by Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha. The social struggles in the State were not able to develop as a strong force which can shake the very roots of the caste system, and thereby bring radical changes in the society, he said.

Addressing a gathering, writer Nataraj Huliyar regretted that, the creative endeavours of late Lankesh were being deliberately neglected.

Lankesh had directed many award-winning movies, but the elite group which is controlling the off-beat cinema in Kannada at present was reluctant to highlight this.

Lankesh, who had a clinical view towards the society, had criticised many through his writings, he said.

The language, which Lankesh employed for various genres of writing like prose, poetry, play, criticism was different. Despite efforts by a section of critics to belittle his writings, he is liked by the present generation readers in Kannada owing to the magical power in his language. The lecturers and the media persons who are the articulate class, had the responsibility of proliferating Lankesh's thoughts among the masses, he said. Expressing regrets on the recent political developments in the State, he said that it was necessary to develop a strong resolve to fight corruption. The ethical standards had collapsed to such a level that, quashing the FIR in a single case against a politician who was facing series of charges was being celebrated, he said. Farmers' leader Kadidal Shamanna and columnist Chandre Gowda were present. The programme was organised as part of theatre festival organised by Rangayana, Shimoga, to commemorate Lankesh.

Kallu Karaguva Samaya , a drama based on Lankesh's work of the same name was enacted by artistes from Charaka troupe.

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