‘Constitution a shield against divisive forces’

Basava Jayamrutunjaya Swamy of Kudalasangama addressing a convention in Vijayapura on Monday.

Basava Jayamrutunjaya Swamy of Kudalasangama addressing a convention in Vijayapura on Monday.  

It gives all of us social and emotional security, says Basava Jayamrutunjaya Swamy

Asserting that not the people who believe in Manuvad but all the oppressed people of India are the real natives of the country, Basava Jayamrutunjaya Swamy of Kudalasangama has called upon the people to get united against Manuvadis who are trying to claim ownership of this country.

He was speaking at a convention organised by Karnataka Dalit Sangharsh Samiti (Ambedkar faction) on “Constitution for all, demand for social equality” here on Monday.

He said that while Indian soldiers are protecting the borders and lives of people, the Constitution acts as a shield against the divisive forces of India by protecting the social fabric.

“The Constitution, written by B.R. Ambedkar, gives all of us social and emotional security,” he said.

He said that those people who are burning copies of the Constitution and trying to eliminate the aspirations of the Constitution, are doing it not unknowingly but intentionally and systematically.

The seer said that it is not the religious scriptures that are giving us social security but the Constitution; therefore, the Constitution should be held above religious scriptures, he said.

Accusing a certain section of society of trying to create a false and hollow narrative of nationalism by raising only emotional issues, the seer said that they are diverting public attention from the real issues concerning common people. “And, those who are raising voices against such an ideology are being branded as anti-nationals and they are being projected as villains in society,” he remarked.

In his address, the former MLA Raju Algur has said that society is witnessing a dangerous trend where people are being forced to display their patriotism by chanting slogans such as Vande Mataram and Bharat Mata Ki Jai.

He said that these slogans are meaningless without equality and brotherhood in society.

Terming those opposing the Constitution as mindless, he said that in no case, such people would be allowed to change the basics of the Constitution.

“I warn them that any such intention will witness attract strong resistance and could also lead to unrest and bloodshed in society. Therefore, I warn people not to dare change the Constitution which is the pride of every oppressed citizen of the country,” he remarked.

Dalit activist, Mavalli Shanakar, organiser Jitendra Kamble and functionaries of the samiti were present.

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