KARNATAKA

AHIND seen as lacking a sense of direction

Special Correspondent

GULBARGA: Dalit Sangharsh Samiti (Sagar) State convener D.G. Sagar has ruled out supporting the Alphasankhyataru, Hindulidavaru mathu Dalitaru (AHIND) movement launched by certain leaders.

According to him, AHIND does not have any long-term programme to protect the interests of Dalits, minorities and backward classes.

`Dalits have been used'

Addressing a press conference here on Thursday with district convener Arjun Bhadre and district organising convener Suresh Hadimani, he said AHIND, with which the former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has associated himself, lacks direction. There have been several instances where certain politicians used the backward classes, the Dalits and the minorities to further their political interests, he said.

Mr. Sagar said that although the DSS does not support the action of Janata Dal (S) president H.D. Deve Gowda against Mr. Siddaramaiah as it will weaken the party, any movement of the Dalits, the minorities and the backward classes will remain ineffective unless it is converted into a political movement.

He pointed out that the DSS has been in forefront in bringing about a bond among the Dalits, the backward classes and the minorities, and it will continue to work in that direction.

He said the AHIND movement should not become a tool to protect the personal interests of an individual and should strive for protecting the interests of the backward classes, the Dalits and the minorities as a political movement.

On the Supreme Court judgment striking down reservation of seats in unaided private professional colleges, Mr. Sagar said it is a setback to the social justice movement.

The Centre should amend the Constitution to provide reservation in private professional colleges, he said.

Mr. Sagar said that in the post-liberalisation economic scenario, it is also necessary to provide reservation in private sector industries.

This too should be ensured by an amendment to the Constitution.

Urs birth anniversary

The DSS will observe the birth anniversary of D. Devaraj Urs, a champion of the backward classes movement, from August 20 to September 10 by holding Devaraj Urs Jayantotsava in all the district headquarters.

In Gulbarga, the Jayantotsava will be held on August 20, he added.