Campaign to create awareness on Constitution to resume today

Activist R.K. Hudgi addressing the media in Kalaburagi
on Monday.

Activist R.K. Hudgi addressing the media in Kalaburagi on Monday.  


Second phase designed to reach values to rural population

The second phase of the Constitution awareness campaign is scheduled to begin on Wednesday. The campaign would be organised jointly by the Samvidhana Rakshana Samithi, the Jagatika Lingayat Mahasabha and the Veerashaiva Mahasabha.

Addressing a media conference here on Monday, R.K. Hudgi, intellectual-activist, said that the second phase of the campaign was designed to spread awareness about Constitutional values among the rural population.

He said that the continued attack on the Constitution by right wing “fascist forces” after Prime Minister Narendra Modi assumed power at the Centre and the failure of those in power to take action against the attackers and uphold Constitutional values had forced them to take up the campaign.

“Right wing fascist forces are increasingly attacking the Constitution after the BJP-led government was installed at the Centre. These forces led by RSS [Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh] want to replace the Constitution that stands for equality with Manu Smriti which promotes the dominance of a few over the vast majority of the people,” he said. “In their bid to spread hate against the Constitution, they burnt it at Jantar Mantar in Delhi. Yet, those who came to power through that very Constitution have failed to take any action against the perpetrators to uphold Constitutional values. Not much resistance was reported from the general public either, may be because of poor knowledge about what the Constitution stands for. These are the factors that led us to take up the campaign to spread awareness about the Constitution among the public,” Prof. Hudgi said.

In the first phase, the campaign covered over 85 educational institutions in the region where a booklet authored by retired judge H.N. Nagamohan Das about the Constitution was thoroughly read out and deliberated upon, he said.

“In the second phase, we are going to take the discussion to the rural communities. We will have meetings at taluk, hobli and village levels and spread awareness about the democratic values that the Constitution stands for,” Prof. Hudgi said.

This time, he added, some Lingayat organisations have joined the campaign considering the similarity between the values that the Constitution advocates and those that the Vachanas composed by the Sharanas (reformers) preached in the social revolution of the 12th Century.

Kashinath Ambalagi, an intellectual who was part of the campaign, said that right wing forces were attempting to destroy India’s democratic and secular social fabric that was historically characterised by peaceful coexistence of people with diverse socio-cultural backgrounds.

“However, the communal forces are spreading hate among communities by instigating one against the other. They want to destroy the secular and democratic structure of our society. We don’t want any party in power that supports such divisive communal activities to rule the country,” he said.

Trade unionist M.B. Sajjan, activist Dattatreya and others were present.

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