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‘Do not rake up controversies’

Staff Correspondent

BIDAR: Union Minister for Labour and Employment M. Mallikarjun Kharge on Saturday urged writers not to “deliberately” rake up controversies regarding literary works of others, which could threaten harmony in society.

Inaugurating the second Akhila Karnataka Dalit Sahitya Sammelanna here, Mr. Kharge said “controversies” arise in literary works and some may like while others may not. He advised people not to “counter” the controversies in literary works by “other” means, but to use the pen effectively.

Mr. Kharge expressed fear that some persons might try to derail Dalita Sahitya Sammelanna after five years or so. “We have to be cautious as there will be attempts to divide society but people should not allow its disintegration,” he said.

Compulsory education

Stressing on the importance of education, Mr. Kharge said the Directives Principles of the State Policy framed by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar emphasised compulsory primary education for children in the age group of 6 to 14 years and “an Act will be framed by the Union Government to open schools for children to provide free education in all villages”.

“Even, if there are 20 to 25 children in a village, a school should be opened and people of all sections of society will be benefited,” Mr. Kharge said.

The former Chief Minister and Bidar Member of Parliament N. Dharam Singh spoke. MLAs Rahim Khan, Bandeppa Kashempur and Rajshekar Patil; MLCs Arshed Ali and Basavaraj Patil Humnabad were present.

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