Karnataka

Gollarahatti makes a U-turn, welcomes Dalit MP

A. Narayanaswamy (left), MP, with the people of Pemmanahalli Gollarahatti on Monday.

A. Narayanaswamy (left), MP, with the people of Pemmanahalli Gollarahatti on Monday.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

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A. Narayanaswamy, MP for Chitradurga, who was denied entry into the Pemmanahalli Gollarahatti (settlement of Golla community) last week in a blatant practice of untouchability, was welcomed into it in a grand manner on Monday.

The residents showered him with flowers and took him in a procession around the streets of the Gollarahatti. Seers of Dalit and OBC mutts of Chitradurga district — Madara Chennaiah Swami, Eshwarananapuri Swami, Krishna Yadavananda Swami and others — carried out a ‘harmony walk’ in the Gollarahatti. In his address to the people, Mr. Narayanaswamy said this “change of heart” should not be limited to just Pemmanahalli Gollarahatti. “I am happy that I have won the hearts of the people of this Gollarahatti and that I was able to change their mindset on the practice of untouchability,” he said. “I could have entered the Gollarahatti by force with the help of the police. But I waited for a week for a change in their minds and hearts.”

Education and spreading awareness among people will help eradicate social evils such as untouchability from society, said the MP, who belongs to the Madiga community and represents the reserved constituency of Chitradurga. He said he would carry out development works such as providing housing and other basic amenities in the Gollarahatti.

MLA Roopa Srinivas, Deputy Commissioner K. Rakesh Kumar, Superintendent of Police Vamsi Krishna and others participated in the programme. District organising secretary of Dalit Sangharsh Samiti C.K. Thippeswamy said, “It is a positive development and I am very happy to see it in the taluk. This may not completely eradicate untouchability, but this will definitely help to eradicate it by at least 25% in Pavagada taluk, which is one of the most backward taluks of the State.”

He said that he had not entered a Gollarahatti till a few days ago, when he entered the Pemmanahalli Gollarahatti with actor Chetan Kumar to carry out a ‘Parivartana Yatra’.

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