A Lingayat religious leader has said that the Namma Metro in Bengaluru should be named after Basaveshwara, a 12th century social reformed and founder of the Lingayat philosophy.
On Monday, addressing a media conference, a group of seers of Lingayat Mutts held a press conference demanding that the metro be renamed after Basavanna, who advocated the establishment of a casteless society.
The head of the Kadroli Mutt Palaksha Shivayogi said on Friday, “The metro should be named after Basaveshwara. Basavanna was a person of great stature whose works have been recognised the world over. He attempted to unite society, the metro should be named after someone like him.”
To this, Ramananda Shri of the Siddaroodha Mutt added, “We will put pressure on the government until it is named after Basaveshwara. Basavanna was the embodiment of the idea of equality. By naming (the metro after him), society must be inspired. The government must make a decision to this effect.”
The leaders also said that until the metro was renamed after Basavanna, they would create awareness at the taluk level across the state.