‘Yakshagana is a catalyst of change’

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February 9, 2021

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Moodbidri: Yakshagana was used as a catalyst of change even during the 1950s. Development messages on agriculture, health, environment, rural development, family planning, literacy were disseminated through Yakshagana prasangas, said Padmanabha K.V., assistant professor in journalism at University College of Arts, Tumkur University.

He was addressing journalism students at the Department of PG Studies in Journalism and Mass Communication at Alva’s College on ‘Development support communication in India: Challenges and suggestions’ recently.

Prasanagas on agriculture, organic farming such as Grow More Food, Japani Krishi Vijaya, Rashtra Vijaya, Krishi Mahime, Nellura Gella, Akshara Vimochane, Vidya Vijaya on literacy, Sasya Sandhana, Nisarga Sandhanam on Environment, Ileyannana Kathe (series of prasanagas on various issues), Mitha Santhanada Mahime on family planning, Thambaku Mahathme on health were performed. ‘Palaandu Charithre’ which was performed during Covid- 19 pandemic highlighted the conflict of social classes, he said adding that the roles of strong opinion leaders in these prasangas promoted positive changes in the society.

 'Development doesn’t equate to wealth accumulation'

 Being developed doesn’t mean being wealthy in terms of money or accumulating wealth. Accepting innovation, changing mindset, and attitude help the process of development, he said adding that the development concept of the West will not work in India.

 People’s active participation in the process of development will help in building a robust nation. He said, “According to ‘Diffusion of Innovation theory’ proposed by American theorist Everette M. Rogers, there are five types of adopters namely the innovators, early adopters, early majority, late majority, and laggards. The laggards have a stubborn mindset, not easily influenced to adopt new ideas, innovations, and technology. They too should be taken to confidence and motivated through the language in which they understand.”

 Media is 18th Elephant

Mr. Padmanabha emphasized the media’s role in the process of development quoting a fable how 18th elephant helped a king to share 17 elephants among his three sons. “Media is the facilitator of development. It should play a pivotal role. Besides mainstream media, alternative media, folk media too play a constructive role in the process of overall and sustainable development,” he said.

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September 20,2021

Mangaluru, Sept 20: An unidentified miscreant allegedly assaulted three staff members of the District Institute for Education and Training (DIET) in Mangaluru, on Monday using a lethal weapon.

The assailant, in the age group of 30 to 35 years, was asking the whereabouts of a "madam" as he wanted to "give the madam a gift".

Out of nowhere, he attacked a first division assistant, a D group staff and a stenographer, said City Police Commissioner N Shashi Kumar. 

The injured, Nirmala, Reena and Gunavathi, have suffered injuries in the head, face and hand.

All are undergoing treatment in two different hospitals and are said to be out of danger. 

On hearing the loud cry, the personnel from district prison situated adjacent to the DIET compound, police personnel and public rushed to the spot and caught hold of the man and handed him over to the police.

However, he has not revealed his name or place from where he belongs to.

He had reportedly told the staff that he was an alumnus of DIET. The reason for the assault is not known, said the Commissioner.  ZP CEO Dr Kumar visited the spot.

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September 23,2021

Mangaluru, Sep 23: The 2nd JMFC Court of Mangaluru has on Wednesday evening granted bail to Hindu Mahasabha General Secretary Dharmendra and three others in connection with the case of alleged threat issued to the Chief Minister during a press meet in Mangaluru recently.

Dr Lohith Kumar Suvarna had lodged a complaint at Barke police station alleging that Dharmendra at a press meet on September 18 had threatened the CM over the demolition of a temple near Nanjangud in Mysuru.

Addressing a press conference in Mangaluru Saturday, office-bearers of the Hindu Mahasabha accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of backstabbing Hindus, saying even “Mahatma Gandhi was not spared in a bid to protect Hindus”. 

“We didn’t spare Gandhi ji, what do you amount to then? If Gandhi ji could be assassinated to condemn atrocities on Hindus, do you think we won’t consider the same for you? Please remember it will become very difficult for you Basavaraj Bommai, B.S. Yediyurappa and Endowments minister Shashikala Jolle,” Dharmendra said.

Dharmendra was subsequently arrested on Sunday while the other three were arrested on Tuesday. Dharmendra was entrusted to police custody till September 22 while the other three, namely Rajesh Putran, Prem Polali and Sandeep Shetty were remanded to one day judicial custody.

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September 19,2021

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Bengaluru, Sept 19: Hallegere Shankar, the aggrieved editor of a Kannada newspaper has held his deceased wife responsible for his family tragedy, wherein four members committed suicide and allowed a child to starve to death. 

In an eight-page police complaint on Saturday, Hallegere Shankar stated that his wife, Bharathi, 51, was the root cause of endless disputes in the family. He alleged that she didn’t allow their daughters to live with their husbands, thereby wrecking their marital lives. 

On Friday evening, Shankar’s wife, daughters Sinchana, 34, Sindhurani, 31, and son Madhusagar, 25, were found hanging in the family’s home in Thigalarapalya, off Magadi Road. Sindhurani’s nine-month-old baby boy was found dead on a bed, apparently starved to death. Sinchana’s two-and-a-half-year-old daughter was rescued from a state of near-starvation. 

Police suspect that the three women killed themselves on September 13 and Madhusagar ended his life two days later because his body was not as decomposed as the other three corpses. 

In the complaint, Shankar made several allegations against his family members but laid the most blame on his deceased wife. 

He stated that she often egged their daughters to stay away from their husbands. Whenever the daughters complained of petty issues in their marital lives, Bharathi supported them instead of counselling them. Both Sinchana and Sindhurani had been living with their parents for the past one and a half years. Twenty days ago, Sindhurani allegedly consumed some pills and later filed a police complaint against her husband, Srikanth. Sinchana had similar fights with her husband Praveen Kumar. 

A fight for Rs 10 lakh

Madhusagar wanted to open a bar in Ittamadu and had spent lakhs on setting up the business. He got the excise licence and had asked for his father’s signature on some papers. Shankar refused, resulting in another fight. 

On September 12, Shankar had a heated argument with his family over two issues. He had asked his wife and son to give him Rs 10 lakh for building an ashram. They said no. All the money was in his wife’s custody, and she gave it to him whenever needed. 

The same day, Bharathi and Sindhurani quarrelled with Shankar over holding the sacramental ear-piercing ceremony for the infant. Fed up with these issues, Shankar left home in a huff and returned on Friday evening only to discover the deaths. 

After his father left home, Madhusagar tried calling him and texted him, promising to pay Rs 10 lakh but Shankar chose not to respond. 

All the five bodies were handed over to the family on Saturday after the post mortem at Victoria Hospital. The last rites were performed at the Sumanahalli crematorium. 

While police are waiting for autopsy reports, a senior officer quoted doctors as saying that the nine-month-old baby had starved to death. 

IAS/IPS dreams

Shankar’s deceased daughters, Sinchana and Sindhurani, had been preparing for UPSC exams and aspired to get into IAS/IPS, police sources say. 

Sinchana was an MBA graduate while Sindhurani had studied engineering. Their brother, Madhusagar, also an engineer, worked for a nationalised bank. 

Police are checking the text messages and phone calls of the four deceased persons and questioning the relatives to verify Shankar’s allegations. 

Investigators questioned Shankar’s sons-in-law, Kumar and Srikanth, about when and why their wives left them and what they had done to bring them back. 

Surviving child stable 

Sinchana and Kumar’s daughter, rescued from a state of near-starvation, is recovering in a hospital. Kumar was horrified to learn that the child went without food for days. Madhusagar, who the police believe took his life two days later, had fed something to the child. The child may not have eaten anything after he also ended his life. 

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