Mangalore, Oct 18: Valmiki Jayanthi was observed in a programme jointly organised by Dakshina Kannada district administration, Zilla Panchayat, Scheduled Class Welfare Department and Kannada and Culture Department, in association with DK Valmiki Nayaka Association at DK zilla panchayat auditorium here on Friday.
Presiding over the programme, Mangalore South MLA J R Lobo said that the views expressed in the Hindu epic Ramayana written by Valmiki were relevant even to this day.
“It has been comprehensively mentioned in the Ramayana how the administrative system of a country ought to be. If Valmiki Jayanthi should be observed in a meaningful manner, we have to implement the teachings and outlook described in Ramayana in our lives, by which a change can be brought in the entire system,” he said.
Speaking after inaugurating the programme, Mangalore North MLA Moidin Bava said that along with the celebration of Valmiki Jayanthi, the action undertaken by the government for the development of the society should be implemented in an appropriate manner.
Professor of History at Mangalore University Dr Hanuma Nayak delivered a lecture on the occasion.
DK Deputy Commissioner N Prakash, additional deputy commissioner K Dayanand, DK Zilla Panchayat CEO Dr Tulasi Maddideni, ITDP Project Co-ordinator Sabeer Ahmed Mulla, Deputy Director of Kannada and Culture department Chandrahas Rai and others were present on the occasion.
Students from Scheduled Caste community having scored above 85 percent marks in PUC were felicitated in the programme.