Writer Vaidehi said that it was necessary to focus more on the problems of the deprived sections of society.

She was speaking after inaugurating ‘Namma Angadi’, a three-day exhibition-cum-sale of handicrafts, handloom and eco-friendly products, made by Namma Bhoomi, an NGO, at the Manipal Institute of Communication (MIC) here. A photography exhibition — ‘Choti Si Asha’ — on child rights was also held on the occasion.

Ms. Vaidehi said that it was the youth who had come out on the street protesting against the recent Delhi sexual assault in almost all towns and cities of the country. This showed that the youth had a lot of concern on social issues. The increasing atrocities on women in the country were a cause for concern. The plight of women was even worse in the rural areas. It was difficult for women to go out alone from their houses in villages.

Ms. Vaidehi said that it was parents of her generation who had spoilt their children by providing them with English education and by giving them pocket money. But the recent outpouring of anger by the youth in their peaceful protests against the Delhi case showed their sense of responsibility.

She said that she was impressed by the photography exhibition on child rights. Photographs were a powerful medium of communication. The students of MIC should hold photograph exhibitions on social issues including atrocities on women.

10 years and running

She lauded the MIC for organising ‘Namma Angadi’ exhibition for 10 successive years.

This exhibition had helped introduce Namma Bhoomi and its activities to the people of Udupi, Manipal and surrounding areas, Ms. Vaidehi said.

M.M. Ganapathi, director of Concerned for Working Children, said that it was essential to inculcate good values to the students while imparting education. Many students were now part of various organisations working for social causes without considering pay package or salaries. This was because they wanted to work for the welfare of the deprived sections. It was essential for people and students to realise their real potential, he said.

Shivanand, assistant director of Namma Bhoomi, said that youth were migrating to urban areas as they felt that the handicraft items manufactured by them had no demand.

There was a need for proper marketing of these handicraft products. People should encourage rural industries, he said.

Vardesh Hiregange, director of MIC, welcomed the gathering. M.V. Kamath, honorary director and H.S. Shubha, faculty coordinator, were present.

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