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Belthangady: ‘Billavas should unite to protect Guru’s legacy’

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Belthangady: “Narayana Guru was the perfect social reformer of the Indian society. But today in his name the work of dividing the society is being done. The Billava community should unite against those who are misleading the society,” said Sri Narayana Guru Vichara Vedike State President Satyajit Surathkal.

He was speaking at the 168th Guru Jayanthi programme of Brahmashri Narayana Guru organised jointly by Sri Guru Narayana Swamy Seva Sangha Belthangady, Yuva Billava Vedike and Billava Mahila Vedike, Belthangady at Sri Gurunarayana Sabha Bhavan in Belthangady on Saturday September 10. Narayana Guru is the embodiment of the Billava community. At a time when the Government is celebrating the birth anniversary of Narayana Guru, the Billava community should be taken into confidence. It is not right to choose the jayanti celebrations anywhere else than Kudroli constituency. It is doubtful whether Guru Jayanti is being held for selfish reasons,” he said.

Speaking after inaugurating the function, Association Honorary President K. Vasantha Bangera said, “Narayana Guru laid emphasis on education and organisation. It is because of him that the backward castes today live with their heads held high. Narayana Guru was responsible for occupying a pioneering position in Kerala’s education. In Karnataka, where Narayana Guru has a huge following, the State Government should start Narayana Guru Nigama and allocate Rs 500 Crore for it,” he said.

Association President Chidananda Poojary Eldakka presided over the function. MLC and Former MLA Prabhakar Bangera, Sri Gurudeva First Grade College Principal Dr. Savitha spoke on the occasion and wished the community.

Treasurer Abhinandan Harish Kumar and Yuva Billava Vedike President Nitish H. were present on the dais.

Sri Gurudeva Multipurpose Co-operative Society President Padmanabha Maninja, released a book titled ‘Brahmashri Narayana Guru Jeevana – Sadhana – Sandesha’, brought out by the Belthangady Unit of Yuva Vahini, edited by Chandrahasa Balanja, Aneesh Poojary Venoor and Smitesh S. Barya.

Soldiers who retired after serving in the Indian Army Mahesh Kumar, Rohitashwa, Shivadasan, Aniruddhan, and Yatindra was honoured. Felicitations to the Gram Panchayat members of Billava Community, adoption of 73 students and distribution of scholarships were held.

Association Secretary Jayavikram welcomed the gathering. Director Lakshman Poojary introduced the dignitaries. Billava Mahila Vedike President Sujitha V. Bangera proposed the vote of thanks. Chandrahas Balanja and Samiksha Barlodi compered the programme

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