Rahul Gandhi hails Basavanna, says no place for hatred

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Rahul Gandhi hails Basavanna, says no place for hatred

Tumakuru: “At a time when hatred is spreading across the country, the philosophy of 12th-century revolutionary Basavanna preaching a casteless society is the need of the hour, and the job of the Siddaganga Math, which has been propagating the same, is commendable. We should remove hatred to shape a society of communal harmony,” Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said at the Siddaganga Math here on Thursday.

He was speaking on the eve of the 115th birth anniversary of Sri Shivakumara Swamiji, just a few hours ahead of Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to take part in the mega event at the Math on Friday. The visits have acquired their own significance.

“Basavanna has said that we are all one, we should live together, keeping away hatred over caste and religion. I congratulate the Siddaganga Math authorities for imparting the preachings of Basavanna and shaping the future of lakhs of children,” he stated.

Hailing the contributions of Sri Shivakumara Swamiji, the Congress leader observed that society should tread the path the great saint has shown, to educate the youth and uplift the poor, for which he extended all help to the Math.

Relationship with Math is not new: MP

“It is a matter of great joy that a leader of eminence and youth icon has come here. Indira Gandhi had visited the Math, which was momentous, and Rahul’s visit is also momentous,” remarked Sri Siddalinga Swamiji, the head of the Math, while appreciating Rahul’s wish for a hatred-free society.

Adopting a diplomatic stance, the prominent Lingayat religious institution is giving equal footing to both national parties — BJP and Congress. Earlier, Rahul’s visit was restricted to paying a visit to the ‘Gadduge’, the divine tomb of the Swamiji, but was extended with him addressing thousands of children of the Math during evening prayer,” remarked a Congress Lingayat leader.

The occasion helped the Math and Gandhis reiterate their long-term relationship. “Our relationship with the Math is not new, my grandmother, mother and I have visited the Math in the past,” recalled Rahul, which Sri Siddalinga Swamiji also stressed in his speech later.

“Sonia Gandhi had dropped her security personnel from her car and picked me up to go to the venue, along with Sri Shivakumara Swamiji, to take part in his 105th birthday celebrations,” he said, turning nostalgic. Rahul and the Swamiji posed for a photograph along with the children of the Math.

Rahul had snacks and was also felicitated. Congress leaders D K Shivakumar, Siddaramaiah, B K Hariprasad, M B Patil, Eshwar Khandre, Dhruvanarayana and others put up a united front throughout the visit.

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