//'Empower marginalized sections to establish democracy'

'Empower marginalized sections to establish democracy'

MANGALORE: Democracy in its true sense can be established only through the political empowerment of marginalized sections, said Venkata Swamy,
state president of the Samatha Sainik Dal (SSD). Speaking at a seminar on `positive politics’ organized by Popular Front of India (PFI) here on Thursday, he said B R Ambedkar’s thoughts decades ago are taking shape of a movement in the country today and this would ultimately lead to the establishment of real democratic set up in the country, he said

Swamy, who was critical about Sangh Parivar, said atrocities were supplementing by the day after Sangh Parivar outfits came to power in the state.

Speaking on the occasion, University College lecturer Pattabhiram Somayaji said all these years there was negative politics in the country but could be tolerated. “Today the country is witnessing destructive politics and there is the need for an intensified struggle to check its growth,” he said.

Referring to recent incidents in the state, he said the BJP government was ruling in fascist style and attempts were going on to saffronize the education system.

PFI state president Abdul Latif who presided over the programme said political representation should be given based on the population. Muslim community had been deprived of their rightful privileges in Indian politics, he said.

6 Feb 2009, TNN