Congress President Sonia Gandhi attended the 105th birthday celebrations of the highly respected Lingayat seer Shivakumara Swami at 'Siddaganga Mutt' at Tumkur in Bangalore and paid respects to the seer.
“There lots of institutions under Dr Swami jee. Its achievements in the field of education are outstanding. Thousands of boys and girls from poor families are given free food, shelter and schooling. Its colleges and institutions of higher learning have acquired a national reputation” said Sonia Gandhi.
Striking an emotional chord with Karnataka, the Congress President said “Over the past century, Karnataka has given birth to many radical social reformers who have transformed the very fabric of our society. Foremost amongst them is Shri. Bhasaveswara, who advocated the cause of a casteless society, who championed the cause of equality of opportunity, who fought tirelessly for social justice, almost 900 years ago. His teachings have a profound influence on millions including the Siddaganga Mutt and continue to resonate and to be relevant even today”.
Sonia Gandhi also said that education is about academic learning and about acquiring qualifications to ultimately find security and fulfillment in life. “But surely there has to be something deeper, something more basic to education if it is to serve as an effective instrument of nation building. And that something is values - moral values,” stressed Sonia Gandhi.
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