Mysore: Veteran writer, Devanur Mahadeva has slammed the right wing elements in the state who are forcing Hindus to not trade with the Muslims.
He was speaking at the harmony march organised by Karnataka Rajya Raita Sangha, Dalit Sangharsha Samiti at Shanti Nagar area of Mysore.
They purchased mutton from Muslim shops as a symbol of protest against rightwing elements who are asking Hindus not to purchase Halal cut meat from Muslim shops.
Anti-religious activities are turning rampant in the name of religion, he said that a group of people are making an assault on the discretionary ability of the common people.
“ When all this is happening, where the law and order situation is in peril, the government is keeping quiet. If the law and order would have prevailed, then there would not have been the need for the common people to hit the road at protest”, he said.
Mahadev felt that the ruling BJP government instigated people to involve in anti-social actions.
“Who is directing the Muslims not to do business during the Maramma temple Jatra? It was the Muslims who got the temple constructed. Asking Muslims not to do business near that temple is nothing but a cruel act of snatching away the food of the poor. It cannot be called a religion.
Reading out the pamphlet which was distributed by Muslim unions while calling for State wide bandh to protest against the Karnataka High Court order on Hijab, he asked those oppose the protest, what is their problem, if Muslims call for protest.
Regretting that constant efforts are being made to divide the society on religious and communal lines, Mahadev said that the BJP government is involved in such inhuman acts only to grab power again. He appealed to some people of upper caste to raise the voice against such an act. “ If they become little active, then the problem gets solved easily”, he opined and felt that the symbolic protest should get spread all over the State.
Venting his ire on opposition parties, he said that these parties too are maintaining silence. On the other hand, a section of people are hatching conspiracy to spread communal hatred in the society.
Lamenting that the political party is trying to create a vote bank by creating communal divide, he said that it is hatred that acts as their energy and not love.
He said that no one has the right to question who should eat Halal meat and who should not. It should be left to the people to decide.
Activists including Sumitrabai, P. Mallesh, Badagalpura Nagendra, Guruprasad Keragodu, Alagudu Shivakumar and others were present.