Mangalore, July 8: Chairman of the Legislative Council D.H. Shankaramurthy on Saturday discredited cynicism and arguments against democracy which was thriving and doing well in the country though much more could have been achieved.
He was speaking after inaugurating a seminar on “60 years of Karnataka Legislative Assembly” organised by the Department of Political Science, St. Agnes College, here.
Acknowledging that people had grown cynical about democracy in the country, Mr. Shankaramurthy wanted students to think about what type of governments had done better.
He pointed out that dictatorship in Egypt and many other countries ruled by the military were not examples of good governance.
He said because of the kind of coverage in the media about the events, people saw only the negative side. The legislature debated several issues of importance and introduced or amended laws. A recent change in the Hindu Succession Act had given equal rights in property of parents to girls as well. A subcommittee headed by him had debated the issue for over a year.
He said many did not know that the Legislative Council came into existence during the rule of the Mysore Maharaja in 1905.
Shakuntala Shetty, former MLA, urged college students to develop social concern and work for society before thinking of joining politics.