Udhagamandalam: “Caste system is the bane of the country,” said Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology A. Raja while inaugurating the observation of Humaneness Week here on Sunday.
Expressing the view that caste-related differences topped the list of maladies in India, he questioned the wisdom of differentiating citizens on such lines when there were no differences in appearance.
“Division of labour is acceptable but division of labourers is unacceptable,” he said. During medical emergencies one looked for only matching blood groups and not for communities.
Referring to the natural calamity which hit the Nilgiris recently, Mr. Raja said that the way in which various sections of society rose to the occasion mirrored the humaneness which was present in abundance here. In this regard the Nilgiris showed the way to the rest of the state. The government led by Karunanidhi accords high priority to humaneness.
“There is no harm in aiming to acquire material comforts but aiming to become a good person is more important,” he added.
Khadi Board Minister K.Ramachandran said that any person who is not humane is not a human being. People should extend a helping hand to those in need.
The Nilgiris Collector Anandrao V.Patil who presided over the function said that the state stands first in social reforms. Describing the Nilgiris as a, “secular district,” he said that there was no necessity to establish samathuvapurams here.
A. Soundarapandian, MLA, said that an end should be put to differences on caste and communal lines.
Ooty Municipality vice-chairman J.Ravikumar and member, planning committee K.A.Mustaffa spoke.
District Revenue Officer S. Kuppuswamy welcomed the gathering. District Adi-dravidar and Tribal Welfare Officer N. Sriraman proposed a vote of thanks.
Mr. Raja later inaugurated an exhibition.