Dump baggage of untouchability in mindset: Meira Kumar
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Last Updated: Sunday, February 07, 2010, 23:12
Chennai: Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Sunday said changing the old mindset and discarding the baggage of "untouchability" and "caste discrimination" was needed to build a truly egalitarian society.

Noting that laws on land reforms, abolition of untouchability, prevention of atrocities and child labour were not enough to transform the society, she said a change in the mindset of people was a must to create social equality.

"People admire our country for our democracy and particularly on how the economy has integrated..Despite the global meltdown, we have maintained our growth. We have the ability to perform but what should be changed is the mental block," Kumar on her first visit to the State as Speaker said.

Pointing out that people had long been carrying the baggage of an "unchanged mind", she said, "We are in the 21st century and we should dump and bury the baggage. We should start the new century with a new mindset."

She also pointed out that many developed nations also had a mental block. "America had a mental block. But they have got Obama and got over of it", she said.


First Published: Sunday, February 07, 2010, 23:12

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