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Udupi: I believe in humanity, not religious activities - CM Siddaramaiah at Barkur

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Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (HB)


Udupi, Apr 21: Chief minister Siddaramaiah on Friday April 21 launched the Sri Barkur Mahasamsthanam by lighting the lamp at Rajya Bhuthala Pandya Vedike, Barkur here.

Addressing the gathering, CM Siddaramaiah said, "In ancient times, this place was believed to have 365 temples. No one can build the future without having adequate knowledge of history. Sri Dr Santhosh Swamiji has decided to revive this historical place which is commendable.

"People have created the caste system for their own selfish interests. People should have human values and keep away from inhuman behaviour and beliefs like caste-based discrimination while entering temple and other religious places.

"I am neither an atheist nor a staunch devotee. I have not gone to Tirupati temple till date. If one believes in God, there is no need to go to other places in search of Him. Prayer and offerings go in vain if the soul is not pure. God will be impressed by a pure soul who prays and wishes for the welfare of others. We should pray with a pure heart. I do not believed in religious activities. Instead, I believe in humanity," he said.

The chief minister further said that he believes in the sayings of Basavanna. He even went on to sing the vachana, 'Iva yarava iva yarava-Iva nammava, iva nammava'.

"Equality needs to be promoted in society. We need to have horizontal social system instead of vertical system. Basavanna’s Anubhava Mantapa is a basic model for all political strata like Rajya Sabha, Vidhana Sabha, cabinet and so on. Harassment and violation will thrive in society until the caste system and gender discrimination are practised in the society.

"Dharma is nothing but wishing good for others. There is no equal to it. A man should not wish bad for others. Religious principles should be simple and common man should understand them. That is what Sharanas did and were able to reach the people their simple language.

"All religions are equal and God wants devotion and dedication from his devotees. God needs nothing more than that," concluded Siddaramaiah.

Justice Santhosh Hedge, former Lokayukta, Shashikiran Shetty, CMD Alkargo Logistics, Mumbai, Jaya C Suvarna, President, Billava Mahamandala and Dr K Chinnappagowda, lecturer, Kannada department, Mangaluru University were felicitated and awarded in the name of Raja Bhuatala Pandya on the occasion.

Santhosh Swamiji honoured the Karnataka chief minister when he arrived at the venue.

District in-charge minister, Pramod Madhwaraj, and Kaup MLA, Vinay Kumar Sorake, CM Parliamentary secretary, Shakuntala Shetty, Maladi Ajith Rai of Mathru Sangha Managluru, Appanna Hegde, vice president, Barkur Mahasamsthan trust, Jagadguru Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswami of Sri Kshetra Sutturu Math and others were present.

Manohar Prasad, chief of Udayavani Kannada compered the programme.

Earlier Report

Udupi: 'Sand policy for coast soon, attackers of DC won't be spared' - CM Siddaramaiah

Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (HB/SP)

Udupi, Apr 21: Karnataka chief minister, Siddaramaiah, arrived at the specially prepared helipad ground here on Friday April 21. He is scheduled to participate in a programme of reconsecration of stone images of serpent god and other deities at Barkur being held under the aegis of Barkur Maha Samsthanam. The helipad has been created near Smt Rukmini Shedti Memorial National Government First Grade College, Barkur in the district.

On his arrival at the helipad, which was prepared and cleared of dust by using cattle dung, district in-charge minister, Pramod Madhwaraj, and Kaup MLA, Vinay Kumar Sorake along deputy commissioner, Priyanka Mary Francis, and Kundapur assistant commissioner, Shilpa Nag, received him. District superintendent of police, Balakishna, was present. The CM inspected guard of honour at the helipad.


On this occasion, he fielded certain questions fired at him by the media persons. About the likelihood of having pre-poll alliance with the JD(S), Siddaramaiah said that as of now, no such understanding has been planned. He refused to make any comment on Deve Gowda's statement on this issue.

About the by-polls at Nanjangud and Gundlupet constituencies, Siddaramaiah admitted that the fact that JD(S) did not field its candidates had benefitted his party. He however, hastened to add that that was the only reason for his party's victory. On the issue of the areas where by-poll was held having predominantly Veerashaiva voters, he said that all classes of people had voted for the Congress.

When his attention was drawn to the attack on deputy commissioner and assistant commissioner during raid on illegal sand extraction centres, he asserted that the guilty will be dealt with sternly in spite of whether they are strong or have political clout.

About framing uniform sand policy for coastal districts, he clarified that the proposal is under consideration and the process is going on.

On the issue of choosing a new president for Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee in place of G Parameshwar, he admitted that several names are in circulation and that it is up to the high command to take a decision and that he is not aware about any developments in this regard.

About the filling up of two vacant positions in the ministry and nominating three MLCs, he said a decision will be taken on these issues soon.

On the issue of completion of Varahi project and revival of Brahmavar Sugar Factory, Siddaramaiah noted that cane in sufficient quantity required to run a sugar factory is not being raised in this region. He added that it would not be possible to revive the sugar factory till sufficient cane is available for crushing. He noted that as against sugarcane grown in Pandavapura where seven percent crop grown is sugarcane and Mysuru regions where ten to 11 percent crop grown is sugarcane, here only five percent is grown which will not be sufficient to run the factory viably.

Questioned about his aversion to puja and worship, Siddaramaiah said he is not against god. He added that he believes in praying to gods here than going long distances in search of him to places like Kashmir and elsewhere. About the reported unhappiness of Pejavar Swamiji Sri Vishweshateertha about the fact that he had not visited Srikrishna Math during his previous visits, Siddaramaiah said he did not get an opportunity to meet him, and that he will go to Srikrishna Math when the opportunity arises.

On Yeddyurappa-Eshwarappa conflict within BJP, he commented that indiscipline itself is counted as discipline in BJP. About Target - 150, he wanted to know who gave this target, adding that people had not given it. He asserted that Yedyurappa cannot take voters for granted and that the voters cannot be compelled to vote for a particular party.

On the issue of removal of red light from atop vehicles, and several have fallen in line, he said he will wait before doing anything on this issue.

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  • Logical Indian, Kudla

    Tue, Apr 25 2017

    Dear @CM if you believe in humanity, not religious activities, then irrespective of any religion, get some good policies(in your term its called "Bhagyas") for all people.

    Shaadi Bhagya: Why only extend this to one community.Are there no poor hindu/christan girls who wish to marry?
    Haj Bhagya: Why not for hindu/christan pilgrimage subsidy?

    Jai Hind

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  • A.S. Mathew, U.S.

    Mon, Apr 24 2017

    God doesn't enjoy the fun of watching bloodshed of the humanity. Real religion is to take care of the suffering humanity and loving them. God didn't say to love your neighbor of your religion but love your neighbor of any religion.

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  • G M Hegde, Udupi

    Sat, Apr 22 2017

    Yesterday we saw an MLA cleaning your Panche and you taking joy in it insulting all the voters who voted for you both. This too is a part of cast mentality. This high handedness and anarcy will be brought down by the intelligent voters of Karnataka and you will be shown the rightful place.

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  • JUDITH LEWIS, mumbai

    Sat, Apr 22 2017

    At this juncture since many are commenting on this page, I would like to stress a very important point.
    These days medical aid is beyond the reach of commoners. If hospitalized bill goes to lakhs of rupees if everything spent on hospitalisation at recovery stage hardly any money remains poor cannot even afford hospitalisation
    Hence we have to find a way out. One strategy is since each parish is having thousands of parishners medical policy can be bargained on behalf of and taken for all parishners since numbers are more EMI can be bought down considerably. Also yearly free health check up of body should be included. Those who are poor and cannot afford there can be a petition box where parishners will donate money and also few parishners who are well of can sponsor

    Dear people pls check charity column also and if possible call up the nos of people suffering they feel better.

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Sat, Apr 22 2017

    Sonu Nigam also spoke against rituals that can create irritation to others.
    But the most tolerant people suddenly showed intolerance.. .. LOL

    Btw, people who believe in humaniny, demonstrate that humanity in every deeds.. Not in abusive and show off arrogance day in and day out.. One must walk what he talks.. only fools believe in rhetoric.

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  • S.M. Nawaz Kukkikatte, Dubai

    Sat, Apr 22 2017

    Yes not only Sonu Nigham
    also Amir Khan and Sharukh Khan did the same see how "tolerant" peoples raised their voice.
    Onside story always create bad manner

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  • J.F.D SOUZA, Attavar, Mangaluru

    Sat, Apr 22 2017

    If humanity is not there one is unfit to be a human being. Humanity is considered supreme and above all.

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  • Antony Fernandes, Mangaluru/USA

    Sat, Apr 22 2017

    Looks like CM spoke what he feels, and not what the people want!

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  • sri, Karkala

    Sat, Apr 22 2017

    Dear cm - even if you are not religious that is fine. To get good rain in this state we need somewhat religious cm. Lot of factors depends on its king. So if you see history during Mysore Vodeyar kingdom Karnataka was very much prosperous...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Apr 22 2017

    Humanity is above all Religions ...

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  • Shibu, Dubai

    Sat, Apr 22 2017


    i do remember that a year ago road was blocked to make way for CM, even ambulance was not allowed, and patient died due to delay in reaching hospital.
    when same asked with pm he replied "People should Bear this types of problem"

    he should learn from khader,
    i appriciate in many occations Mr. khader helped accident victims
    thats humanity

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  • Aravind, Blr

    Sat, Apr 22 2017

    Very apt comment. Sense of entitlement supercedes humanity, God and everything else.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Sun, Apr 23 2017

    @shibu dubai Y da cow government is not cared 2 humans but only cows....

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  • Rajesh D, Manglore, Dubai

    Sat, Apr 22 2017

    Whatever CM said about God and religion is true but most of us cannot digest it. With out pure heart and soul you cannot think of doing good to others.

    For silly reasons we make common people's life miserable in the name of God. We wait for the opportunity where people make mistakes, moreover we trap common people in the name of God. However, if the same mistake is done by the powerful businessman or politician we do not have guts to utter a word against them rather we go and touch their feet for their blessings.

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  • sri, Karkala

    Sat, Apr 22 2017

    These congress men always do good for the people in their circle.

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  • Desi Jawan, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 22 2017

    You Nidd ramayana, say what ever you want to say within next assembly elections. People are not that stupid like before and are very intelligent. You only now start counting for your downfall from here after and make arrangements for your deep sleep...... good luck

    RaGa had said before UP elections that Modi will never visit again to UP as the UP results will show him an exit door from the state. It looks like he himself is hiding after the UP results? ??

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  • Leslie, udupi

    Sat, Apr 22 2017

    Life can never sustain without life...
    Humanity is bigger than any religion...
    Profound thoughts lead to great achievements....

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  • N.M, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    Good words by Siddu.
    Humanity is the foundation and pillar of any religion and if we are kind, helpful and respect their way of life then god will surely bless us.

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  • Conrad John Tauro, Shirva/Udupi/Dubai

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    Powerful CM....

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  • Devkumar, Mangalore/New Delhi

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    yake swami...sand policy..hattu thengaleeghe...navu madhu theve..

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  • Devkumar, Mangalore/New Delhi

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    aavarege een eenu beku..ella ambade...golee baje...biscuit ambude..golgappa...eega seekhe aala...
    aa bangalorena food tindu tindu bejaar aagee beethede..aade beese bele..ragee muddee..

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    Only CM in India to deliver 'Acche Din' ...

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  • Sandeep, Mang

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    Acche din for chors and criminals ...

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  • jeevan, mangalore

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    Harishchandra, Udupi
    Chaiwala or italian waitress is immaterial here but whole karnataka knows how khangi manipulated peoples verdict

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  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    Welcome to udupi after a huge and sucussfull win in two constituency.

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  • Devkumar, Mangalore/New Delhi

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    wants to remove all boards..containing...beese beese ootha thyaar eedhe...

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  • jeevan, mangalore

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    Far from truth,,.

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  • Harishchandra, Udupi

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    Far Better than your chaiwala feku ... no feku promises

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  • Ramesh Poojari, Kudla

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    Well said Harishchandra

    Chaiwala promised 15 lakhs - U Turn
    Acche Din - U Turn
    Corruption free govr - U Turn
    Mehengahi - U Turn petrol prises increasing every month after 60 years

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  • J.F.D SOUZA, Attavar, Mangaluru

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    CM Siddu better late than never !

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  • Devkumar, Mangalore/New Delhi

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    once he liked mlore dish very much...often visit now and then...

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