August 31, 2015

India: ‘Keep communal forces out of campuses’

(The Hindu, MANGALURU, August 30, 2015)

‘Keep communal forces out of campuses’

Special Correspondent

Minister in-charge of Dakshina Kannada B. Ramanath Rai on Saturday urged students to keep communal forces out of the campuses and not to fall prey to their designs.

Addressing students at the inauguration of the Mangalore University All College Students’ Union, the Minister said: “I fall at your feet. I appeal to you with folded hands. Please don’t support communal forces of any religion in the campuses and keep them out.”

Mr. Rai, Minister for Forests, Environment and Ecology, said that some forces were using students as “tools” to achieve their objectives. “Communalism both in majority community and minority community both are dangerous,” the Minister said.

Mr. Rai said that students should cultivate secular credentials and should support social harmony. The Minister said that there was dearth of honesty in society now.