Secularists, terrorism against rights: NSS Colleges’ panel secy

via Pioneer News Service | Changanacherry published on July 13, 2006

Stressing on the need of providing education on religion in the country, R Prasanna Kumar, NSS Colleges’ central committee secretary, said education on religious truths was not properly imparted.

Principles of religion remained a taboo topic in ‘secular India’, and people were afraid to speak of ‘Dharma‘ and other values for fear that it would invite the wrath of ‘secularists’.

It was high time that people came out boldly to speak out such bare facts, he said on Thursday delivering the presidential address at the valedictory session of a two-day seminar on Human Rights and Value Education, organised by the Department of History, NSS Hindu College.

It is difficult to pass on the values associated with Indian tradition to the new generation through the present system of learning as it would not be accepted by the so called secularists.

It had forced the academia to introduce value education under a separate head with the result that values ceased to be an applied subject with no relevance in life, added Kumar.

B Sandhya, officiating North Zone IG of Police, pointed out the need of addressing the menace of growing terrorism at national and state levels. Citing the recent terrorist operation in Kozhikode, it had now cast its shadows on Kerala too.

“It was terrorism that took the life of two Indian prime ministers,” she said, delivering the keynote address.

Mentioning the September 11 attacks on the twin towers of World Trade Centre, she cautioned that India and its small State Kerala too had become hubs of global terrorism.

She also said that the alleged incidents of torture by police, which if proved correct should also be strictly dealt with. People should shed their fears and come out to strongly respond to terrorism at all levels of life and cooperate with the police which is no more a brutal force, she said.

NSS general secretary PK Narayana Panikker inaugurated the meeting. College principal PR Kesava Chandran welcomed the gathering and K Ajitha, head of the department of history, proposed vote of thanks.

NSS colleges were set up a little after Independence with the aim to give students not only quality education but also a “vocation to arm themselves with for the rest of their lives”.

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