Karnataka

Work on blueprint of ‘International Basava Study Centre’ project to commence

District In­charge Minister, M. B. Patil addressing presspersons in Vijayapura on Sunday.

District In­charge Minister, M. B. Patil addressing presspersons in Vijayapura on Sunday.  

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District In-charge Minister, M.B. Patil has said that in order to give a concrete shape to the long pending ‘International Basava Study Centre’ project, he would speak to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for getting a blueprint prepared for its implementation.

Addressing presspersons on the sidelines of the valedictory of 12 Sammelan here on Sunday, he said that he would propose for formation of the expert committee to prepare the blueprint.

It may be noted that it was during the BJP Government in the State when the Former Chief Minister, B. S. Yeddyurappa granted Rs. 25 crore for the setting up of International Basava Study Centre. However, the project did not take significant shape.

“I would urge the government to release the funds. However, merely seeking funds carries no worth unless we have a comprehensive plan on how to implement the project”, he said.

He said that he wishes to see Basavanabagewadi town, the birth place of 12 reformer, Basaveshwara converted into an activity hub for preaching and propagating the Basava philosophy.

On the occasion, as the president of the BLD Education society, he announced a grant of Rs. 2 crore from the society for preparing a book in English language about Basaveshwara vachanas in order to spread the message to international readers, scholars, renowned thinkers and influential international political leaders.

“To meet this ambitious desire, we are proposing to constitute a committee of about 12­15 experts who can prepare a broad­plan and implement it on a larger scale”, the Minister said.

He however regretted that despite Basava’s philosophy having a message of universal brotherhood and equality, the messages did not global-levels because of language constraints as the Vachanas of Basaveshwara were in Kannada.

“I hope that if his philosophy is translated into various international languages, it would help spreading the message at global level”, the Minister said.

Vice Chancellor of BLDE University, B. G. Mulimani was present.

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