Udupi: International Rave Party - Youth Cong Questions Silence of Communal Groups
Daijiworld Media Network –Udupi (RD)
Udupi, Feb 5: The members of youth Congress on Sunday February 5 staged a protest in front of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue at Malpe beach here, condemning what they termed 'obscene dances' at the 'Spring Zouk' International Festival in St Mary's Island here on Saturday February 4.
Addressing the protesters, Shyamala Bhandary, lawyer and women’s Congress leader, said that communal outfits such as RSS and Bajrang Dal were quick to protest whenever they come across a youth belonging to minority community talking or sharing an ice cream with a girl from the majority community, but none of them raised a finger over the obscene dances during the International Festival in St Mary’s Island on Saturday.
“The people who were supposed to project virtues of Indian culture to Western tourists, disregarded their responsibility. The women’s organizations have also been slow in their response in this regard. The elected representatives and chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda are also in favour of obscene dances. It’s a disgrace to the BJP-led state administration and deputy commissioner Dr Reju,” alleged Bhandary.
Former state minister Jayaprakash Hegde, KPCC secretary M A Gafoor, Block Congress Committee president Janardhan Bhandarkar, Amrut Shenoy, Alevoor Harish Kini, Ramesh Kanchan, Ganeshraj, and Abdul Aziz Hejamady were present on the occasion.
The international festival, organised by a Bangalore-based firm in collaboration with the district administration and the tourism department, has drawn much flak over the behaviour of some of the skimpily-clad foreign tourists, alleged use of intoxicating substances openly and other undesirable activities.