The former MLA from Madhya Pradesh Sunilam, writer U.R. Ananthamurthy (centre) and the former Speaker Krishna paying tributes to Ram Manohar Lohia in Bangalore on Saturday.
BANGALORE: The Ram Manohar Lohia Birth Centenary Celebrations Committee has made out a case for using Kannada as the administrative language in all courts, including the High Court, in the State.
Speaking after inaugurating a convention organised as part of Ram Manohar Lohia’s Saptakranti Yatra here on Saturday, socialist movement leader from Madhya Pradesh and former MLA Sunilam regretted the domination of English in the proceedings of various courts in the country. The regional language should necessarily become the administrative language in courts. “We can’t have an imperialistic language in courts,” he said. Dr. Sunilam, who is a member of the Ram Manohar Lohia Birth Centenary Celebrations Committee, regretted the Law Commission’s decision of dismissing a proposal to make Hindi the administrative language in the Supreme Court.
He appealed to the people to launch a struggle against increasing “fees” and “donation” burden imposed by educational institutions. “A seat in a medical college in Karnataka costs Rs. 50 lakh. This is nothing but commercialisation of education, which the Government should stop by coming out with regulations,” he said.
Jnanpith Award winner U.R. Ananthamurthy said Lohia’s concept of socialism was still relevant.
The former Speaker Krishna presided over the convention.
Yatra to create awareness of social disparities comes to Tiruchi
talk: Sunilam, former MLA, who is leading a yatra in connection with the Dr.Ram Manohar Lohia birth anniversary celebrations, speaking at a seminar in Tiruchi on Friday.
TIRUCHI: Farmers should unite to fight against World Trade Agreement regime which would have an adverse impact on the agriculture sector, observed Sunilam, former MLA, who arrived here as part of the Saptkranti Vichar Yatra from Mumbai to New Delhi to commemorate the birth centenary of Dr.Ram Manohar Lohia.
Speaking at seminar on Protection of Right to Livelihood, organised by the Federation of Unorganised Sector Workers and other partner organisations here on Saturday, Mr.Sunilam, who heads the Farmers Struggle Committee, also opposed the Tamil Nadu State Agricultural Council Act and demanded a halt to acquisition of farm lands for establishing special economic zones.
The government should fix the minimum support price for paddy at Rs.1,500 a quintal.
The yatra, intended to spread the message of Dr.Ram Manohar Lohia, covering various States began at the August Kranti Maidan at Mumbai on August 9 and would culminate at New Delhi on October 12.
The yatra was meant to create awareness of the social disparities highlighted by Dr.Lohia and his message of reform.
The yatris, including youths, travel by vehicles to promote the ideals of Gandhiji and Lohia.
The major demands put forward by them included scrapping of SEZ policy, recognition of farmers as skilled labourers and ensuring a monthly income of Rs.10,000 a month to them, use of regional language as working language in all courts and free compulsory and uniform education till higher secondary level.
R.Geetha, Coordinator, Southern Region, National Campaign Committee for Unorganised Sector Workers, V.Maheswaran, State joint secretary, Federation of Unorganised Sector Workers, spoke.