It was the distinctive feature of his mission that Illustrious, religious and social reformers in India before him had tach had his emphasis on one or other items of religious and socia1 reform, either subordinating more or less other items to it, or ignoring them altogether. Basava sketched and boldly tried to work out a large and comprehensive programme of social reform with the elevation and independence of woman-hood as its guiding point.
Neither social conferences which are annually held in these days in several parts of India, nor Indian social reformers, can improve upon that programme as to the essentials. As was in substance remarked by the late Sri James Campbell, whose knowledge of Indian History, customs and manners was almost phenomenal, the present day social reformer in India is but speaking the language and seeking to enforce the mind of Basava.
|Guru Basava Vachanas-29||Shri Basaveshwara: The Universal Man (विश्व मानव, ವಿಶ್ವಮಾನವ)|
 From the book "Vachana", pub: Basava Samiti Bangalore 2012.