Former Lokayuktha Shivaraj V Patil on Wednesday batted for a compulsory military training for youths to inculcate competency, character and commitment among them.
Speaking at a function organised by Karnataka Samskruthika Academy in connection with the 85th birthday celebrations of former Union Minister M V Rajasekaran here, he said at least one person from every house should undergo military training once they attain 18 years of age.
Other than building patriotism and instilling discipline, the military training would be useful during war, he observed. Conferring the Rashtriya Ratna Prathama award instituted by the academy on Rajashekharan, Patil said politicians like him are required in the current situation.
“It is very difficult to find honest politicians. One can become a good politician if he or she does not have self interest. Real wealth in one’s life is the love and good wishes of the people,” he felt.
Regretting the manner in the which people lobby for Kannada Rajyotsava awards instituted by the state government, he said, “Awards should be given to those who do not go behind it.” Replying to the felicitation, Rajashekharan said Shivaraj Patil was heading the Youth Congress unit.
“If he had continued in politics, Patil would have become the chief minister,” he added. Former chairman of Karnataka State Human Rights Commission S R Nayak said that judiciary, which was considered superior among all, was also losing its significance due to corruption. Shivarudra Swamiji of Belimutt, Former Minister Rani Satish were present.