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    July 28th, 2017adminLeaders


    N. Dharam Singh, former Chief Minister of Karnataka, passed away at a private hospital in Bengaluru on Thursday morning after a heart attack. He was 80.

    Mr. Singh was the 17th Chief Minister. He headed the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government from May 2004 to February 2006.

    Born on December 25, 1936 at Nelogi village of Jewargi taluk in Kalaburagi district, Mr. Singh represented the Karnataka Legislative Assembly seven times without a defeat and was a member of the Lok Sabha from the Bidar constituency once (2009).

    Mr. Singh, a seasoned politician, was known for his gentle demeanour and knew each voter by name in his constituency – Jewargi, which he nurtured from 1978 to 2008. Though he belonged to a small community, he won the loyalty of voters going beyond caste affiliations.

    He was minister under various Chief Minsters – Devaraj Urs, R. Gundu Rao, S. Bangarappa, M. Veerappa Moily and S.M. Krishna. He handled many portfolios such as Home, Excise, Social Welfare, Urban Development, Public Works, and Revenue. He also served as the president of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee.

    Owing to the hung Assembly after the 2004 elections, the Congress joined hands with the JD(S) headed by former Prime Minster H.D. Deve Gowda and formed the coalition government. Mr. Singh was the unanimous choice of both parties to head the government. For 20 months, he led the coalition government, which saw many ups and downs.

    Later, the Dharam Singh government collapsed following the withdrawal of support by the JD(S), which joined hands with the BJP and formed another coalition government headed by H D Kumaraswamy that lasted for 20 months.

    The State government, post noon, declared a holiday for all schools and government offices. Government offices and schools in Kalaburgi and Bidar districts will remain closed on Friday as well.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Staff Reporter / Bengaluru – July 27th, 2017

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    He gave the country its first spacecraft

    Udupi Ramachandra Rao, former chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation, acclaimed space scientist acknowledged as the father of Indian satellite technology, is no more.

    The celebrated cosmic ray scientist with an MIT scholarship and experience with early NASA projects in the 1960s is best remembered as the man who gave the country its first spacecraft Aryabhata from out of modest un-space-like industrial sheds of Peenya in Bengaluru.

    His demise at age 85 somewhat brings the curtain on the starry era of pioneering space troika of Vikram Sarabhai, Satish Dhawan and U.R. Rao.

    Regulars at Antariksh Bhavan, the headquarters of ISRO and the Department of Space, will miss the gentle genius. A workaholic, Dr. Rao was active until about two weeks back in his office at Antariksh Bhavan, recalled ISRO Publications and Public Relations Director Deviprasad Karnik.

    Guided by Sarabhai

    When Dr. Rao returned in 1966 to India from stints in the US, the Americans and the Russians were flying their spacecraft of their rockets and had reached Moon. Over here, they were the days of low budgets, small human resource but high spirits and goals.

    Dr. Rao’s space journey blossomed under the tutelage of Vikram Sarabhai, his doctoral guide and later boss at ISRO: in 1972, Sarabhai tasked the young Rao — fresh from MIT and the only Indian then who had worked on NASA’s Pioneer and Explorer satellite projects — with building an Indian satellite.

    Then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had come down to see the assembled satellite — Aryabhata — which was launched on a Russian rocket in 1975. Indian satellites had started sprouting.

    As the first director of what is now called ISRO Satellite Centre, Dr. Rao was responsible for 18 early satellites including the landmark Bhaskara, APPLE, the Indian Remote sensing Satellites or IRSs. His mantra was – ‘If others can do, we can do better’.

    In 1984, Dr. Rao succeeded Satish Dhawan as ISRO Chairman and Secretary, Department of Space, going on to have the second longest tenure in the high post – ten years. (Dr. Dhawan headed it for 12 years.) Dr. Rao was the chairman of the governing council of Physical Research Laboratory until the end, apart from many science ad technology bodies.

    Shaped many a project

    At ISRO, there has not been a planetary mission that has not been touched or tweaked by Dr. Rao. As the chairman of overseeing body ADCOS or the Advisory Committee on Space Sciences, he finalised, shaped, refined or designed the Chandrayaan-1 lunar mission of 2008; the Mars Orbiter Mission of 2013; and the upcoming Chandrayaan-2 set for 2018.

    “I look for excitement in any field,” he had said. One of the current unfinished projects of the cosmic ray scientist is Aditya L1 mission – India’s upcoming solar observatory, so to say. Aditya was earlier planned as a near-Earth mission looking at Sun. However, Dr. Rao – close associates say – convinced ISRO to greatly enlarge its feature and scope. For him, the spacecraft must gaze at Sun from an apparently stable point called L1 or Legrangian point. He prevailed and now Aditya-L1, as it is now renamed, will travel million km to do its job from a point undistubed by either Earth or Sun.

    Associates recall that he was always updated of developments in his field and related sciences. He was forthright, had a “sharp, analytical mind, enormous intellectual ability and [could] quickly make back of the envelop computations for complex solutions,” recalled V.Jayaraman, his doctoral student and erstwhile Director of ISRO’s Earth Observation Systems and later National Remote Sensing Agency, in an article in Current Science titled Living legends in Indian Science.(Vol. 106, No.. 1588 11, 10 June 2014.)

    The same article recounts how Dr. Rao ensured that a remote sensing satellite was launched from a Soviet spaceport amidst extraordinary conditions: “Even as [then Soviet] President [Mikhail] Gorbachev resigned as general secretary of the Communist Party of Soviet Union on 24 August 1991, and the mighty Soviet Union collapsed in the next few days, IRS-1B was launched without any hitch on 29 August 1991 from Baikonur. The presence of Rao [in spite of advices to stay back] served as a balm, not only for the ISRO team at the launch pad and helping them to stay focussed and keep a high morale, but also as a great relief for their families back home. For us associated with that historic event, it will remain as [a] lesson as to how a leader should behave in times of crisis and to be with his team, … whatever be the hurdles.”

    Two years back, he was down with cough and fever, yet drove 15 km to his ISRO office to keep his engagements – one of them an appointment with this reporter. When he was told that he could have postponed the meeting, Dr. Rao typically said, “Some people prefer to rest, I prefer to work.

    All through my life I have worked when I am sick – to forget the sickness. Or else I will be a nuisance to others.”

    As chairman, Dr. Rao accelerated the rocket development programmes but with mixed luck. He presided over the fruition of the ASLV early rocket, much of the development of the now-famous PSLV. He laid the foundation for the GSLV by signing a pact with the Russians in 1991 for the cryogenic engine technology for its third stage. Dr. Rao’s joy was blunted as the PSLV clicked after his tenure while the Russians reneged on the cryogenic pact.

    The credit for kickstarting the now working GSLV, however, is undeniably Dr. Rao’s, say ISRO oldtimers.

    U.R.Rao was born on March 10, 1932, to Lakshminarayana Acharya and Krishnaveni Amma in Adamaru near Udupi – a small town that hosts one of the eight famous `Madhwa math’s sacred to Kannada Brahmins. He studied in Udupi’s Christian High School and later did his intermediate course in Bellary’s Veerashaiva College. A B.Sc at the Government Arts and Science College, Ananthapur, then under Madras University. He completed his M.Sc in Physics from Banaras

    Hindu University 1953 and briefly taught in Ahmednagar and Mysore. But space sicence was beckoning and he enrolled for a PhD under none other than Vikram Sarabhai at the Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, and got the doctoral degree in 1960 from Gujarat University.

    The article by Dr. Jayaraman says the story of a small-town boy’s rise “to a lofty position as Chairman of ISRO, a prestigious organisation and of international fame, should be a motivational force to many young aspirants in our country.”

    source: / The Hindu / Home> Sci-Tech> Science / by Madhumathi D.S / Bengaluru – July 24th, 2017

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    Sanskrit and English scholar D.S. Krishnachar, 96, a big name in printing of religious books in Sanskrit, English, Hindi and Kannada through the Prabha Printing House in Basavanagudi here, died of cardiac arrest on Sunday. He is survived by wife, two sons and three daughters.

    His son D.K. Upendra said Mr. Krishnachar, who studied in Fort High School, Chamarajpet, and Central College, was a friend and classmate of freedom fighter H. Narasimhaiah, and was closely associated with scholars N. Ranganatha Sharma and K.T. Pandurangi. “My father used to start the day with The Hindu. It is amazing to note that he has read from page 1 till the end for over 70 years. Having been a resident of Bengaluru all along, he also interacted with the editorial team about changes in the paper. He was interested in current affairs and discussed relevant topics with all of us. In fact, he passed on the habit of reading newspapers to us,” Mr. Upendra said.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Staff Reporter / Bengaluru – July 02nd, 2017

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    Dr. Neeraj Patil who lost to Justine Greening in the British Parliamentary elections held on June 8.

    Dr. Neeraj Patil who lost to Justine Greening in the British Parliamentary elections held on June 8.

    The first Kannadiga ever to stand in the British Parliamentary elections, Neeraj Patil lost to Justine Greening, a Conservative Party candidate and the Education Minister of Britain, in the polls held on June 8. A native of Kamalapur in Kalaburagi district and former Mayor of London Borough of Lambeth, Dr. Neeraj was selected by the Labour Party to represent the constituency of Putney considering his service as an emergency doctor at St George’s Hospital in London, used by the residents of Putney.

    Dr. Patil lost by a narrow margin of 1,554 votes to Ms. Greening who secured 20,679 of 46,894 the votes polled. Though there were six candidates in the fray, the fight was between Mr. Patil and Ms. Greening. Liberal Democrats candidate Ryan Mercer polled 5448 votes followed by Green Party candidate Benjamin Joseph Fletcher (1,107), UK Independent Party candidate Patricia Mary Ward (447) and Independent candidate Catherine Jane Richardson (58). There were 112 invalid votes. The counting of the votes was held at Wandsworth council with James Maddan as returning officer of Putney constituency.

    Addressing the gathering after the vote-count, Dr. Patil congratulated Ms. Greening, who has been retaining the seat since 2005 and thanked the Labour Party for selecting him to run for the British Parliament. Mr. Keith Vaz, the longest serving Labour MP of Indian origin, campaigned for Dr. Patil in Putney constituency.

    Dr. Patil is attributed to have played an instrumental role in getting the statue of the 12th century philosopher and social reformer Basavanna installed at the Albert Embankment Gardens in the London Borough of Lambeth. He was honoured with “The Rajyotsava Award” by the Government of Karnataka in 2008.

    Labour Party had selected 14 Indians, Conservative party 13 and Liberal Democrats 9, respectively as their Parliamentary candidates. The general elections were called following the Brexit referendum by Prime Minister Theresa May.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Kumar Buradikatti / Kalaburagi – June 09th, 2017

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    Parvathamma Rajkumar | Photo Credit: Special arrangement

    Parvathamma Rajkumar | Photo Credit: Special arrangement

    Parvathamma Rajkumar was the only woman producer-distributor-exhibitor of Kannada films.

    Kannada film producer Parvathamma Rajkumar, wife of the late Kannada superstar Rajkumar, passed away on Wednesday morning due to prolonged illness in a private hospital here. She was 78.

    Her blood pressure dropped since last night following which she had a massive cardiac arrest at 4.40 a.m. She has been hospitalised since May 14.

    Parvathamma was the only woman producer-distributor-exhibitor of Kannada films. Vajreshwari Combines and Poornima Enteprises, started by her, have produced many of the films starring her husband Rajkumar and sons Shivarajkumar, Raghavendra Rajkmar and Puneet Rajkumar. She has produced over 80 films. Their 87th production was Run Antony starring Vinay Rajkumar, her grandson.

    A 13-year-old when she got married, Parvathamma went on to become the pillar of support for the Rajkumar clan and played a major role in managing the image of her husband, a major icon of Kannada cinema.

    Raj Kumar and Parvatamma Rajukumar   | Photo Credit: Special arrangement

    Raj Kumar and Parvatamma Rajukumar | Photo Credit: Special arrangement

    Doddahulluru Rukkoji, film historian and author of the two-volume book on Dr. Rajkumar’s life, describes Parvathamma as the first woman film entrepreneur in Karnataka, who played a big role in what is easily the most sensational success story in the history of Kannada cinema.

    All her three sons- Shivaraj, Ragavendra, Punith along with other family members were present, said Ramaiah hospital president Naresh Shetty. Parvathamma’s eyes have been donated as per her wishes, said her son Raghavendra Rajkumar.

    People from various walks of life, especially from Kannada cinema industry, have condoled her death.

    “Parvathamma was not only mother to her sons and daughters. She was mother in real sense to Kannada film industry, as she used to rush, whenever there is crisis and artistes faced problems,” said veteran actor Srinivasamurthy, who acted along side Rajkumar in various films produced by Parvathamma Rajkumar.

    Chief Minister Siddaramaiah described her as “an inalienable part of the success story of Dr. Rajkumar.”

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Afshan Yasmeen & Muralidhara Khajane / May 31st, 2017

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    He had to be clad in white, and look calm and contemplative.

    At most, he could hold a brush and a palm leaf manuscript.

    That was the brief veteran art ist V T Kale got from the seer of a Chitradurga mutt who was commissioning a portrait of Basavanna, the 12th century poet-reformer. Kale’s research included a careful reading of history books and vachanas (pithy verses) to get the contours of Basavanna’s body and face right. But the challenge was bringing out Basavanna’s multiple identities -statesman of Bijjala, poet-philosopher, and social reformer? “It was difficult,” says the 83-year-old artist.

    The painting, completed in 2005, remains one of the most popular images of Basavanna. So popular that when the state government recently decided to put it up along with portraits of Gandhi and Ambedkar in all offices, they initially didn’t bother crediting Kale. Images of public personalities from a bygone era seem to have a life of their own. And artists have a tough time capturing in bronze and acrylic the real and imagined features of Basavanna, Kempe Gowda I, Kittur Chennamma , Sangolli Rayanna and other personalities as envisaged by political parties and identity groups.

    For one, there are no photographs to fall back on. “In the 12th century, people were not in the habit of making portraits of themselves. So, I had to imagine Basavanna’s character, his contribution to society and politics,” says Kale. He did at least 10 sketches before the mental picture became clear enough for him to start the painting. B C Shivakumar, whose Kempe Gowda busts and statues gaze down at Bengalureans from Lalbagh, VV Puram and Gavipuram, says the first one took him a year. “I studied the history of Kempe Gowda and the folk songs about him,” says the artist. The first one was commissioned by Kempegowda Nagar residents. At the Gavipuram signal, the city’s founder stands holding an unsheathed sword, one foot firmly on one foot firmly on a rock. By the time the next commission came from Vokkaligara Sangha in VV Puram, the local chieftain who is supposed to have carved out Bengaluru as his capital in 1537, was a swashbuckling figure on horseback.

    These statues and portraits are not just about assert ing the identity politics of those who commission the works.

    “They align public spaces with histori cal and mythical memories,” says Chandan Gowda, sociology professor at Azim Premji University .

    But memories can be tricky. Delhi based sculptor Anil Ram Sutar, who is creating the mam moth Sardar Patel ‘Statue of Unity’ and the costly and controversy ridden Shivaji statue off the Mumbai coast with his father Ram Vanji Sutar, says such projects require a tough balancing act. Patel’s images are available but he had to be the `Iron Man’ when it came to the statue. Shivaji was tougher as he is perceived as a chivalrous king, riding a horse with a sword in hand.”People worship him for those qualities.Eventually, one has to bring to the sculpture what people believe about him and what has been painted until now,” says Sutar.

    Public perception often is defined by popular culture. Vishal Kavatekar, an upcoming sculptor and guest faculty at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, remembers hearing a senior artist being asked to create the same costume worn by actor Rajkumar for a statue of 16th century emperor Krishnadevaraya. “Rajkumar and Vishnuvardhan have played many historical figures in their movies and people sometimes want to see a resemblance to the actors in the statues,” says Kavatekar.
    Apart from looking at existing templates from descriptions in literature to historical movies, some artists take creative liberties. “They might make the skin complexion fairer or the body more sensual or muscular,” says Gowda.

    There are times when historical inaccuracies are called out. There is an ongoing debate about how Kempe Gowda’s appearance has been slowly altered to suit changed sensibilities -from a figure with folded hands to one fiercely wielding a sword. Kavatekar says many complained that the founder’s statue in front of the BBMP office at Corporation Circle, one of the oldest in the city, suffers from a `Rajkumar look’ mainly due to the elaborate kurta-pyjama outfit.

    Gowda says creative risks are fine but when the images are for public circulation, the motive of art shifts. Bengaluru-based artist N Shivadatta says he made 1,400 sculpture mementos of freedom fighter and queen Kittur Chennamma in a few days to be distributed at the Vishwa Kannada Sammelan in 2011. “The pressure to flatter and not offend the feelings of those from a particular community is very high,” he says.More so because these art works create a public image for a figure who may have just been a name.

    Kale is non-committal about such controversies. But he insists that the artist has to study the character of the historical figure, and his life and times. “The artist should meditate on the subject and with sadhana (practice), art will get better,” he says.

    source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Bangalore News / by Sandhya Soman / TNN / May 21st, 2017

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    May 12th, 2017adminLeaders, World Opinion

    Bengaluru :

    NRI doctor Neeraj Patil has come a long way. Hailing from Kamlapur in Kalaburagi district, he became the mayor of London Borough, Lambeth, and is now a Labour Party candidate from Putney in southwest London. He is contesting for the UK parliamentary elections on June 8.

    Patil is pitted against the Conservative Party’s education minister Justine Greening. The latter has been representing the constituency since 2005.

    Patil, born and brought up in Kalaburagi, had taken the lead in installing a statue of 12th century philosopher Basaveshwara on the banks of Thames in 2015. Prime Minister Narendra Modi  had unveiled the statue.

    He was on the Labour Party’s shortlist to run for the London mayor in 2015. Patil had campaigned for the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls in 2015. He is working as a consultant in accident and emergency medicine in London.

    source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Bangalore News / TNN & Agencies / May 12th, 2017

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    An equestrian statue of Maratha King Shivaji, which was eagerly awaited by the Maratha community of Hubballi-Dharwad, has finally reached Hubballi from the artist’s studio in Indore.

    The 12-ft bronze statue of Shivaji Maharaj riding a horse, weighing approximately 2,500 kg, was made by sculptor from Indore Mahendra Kodwani. Mr. Kodwani has earlier made other statues of historical personalities for installation at various junctions in Hubballi.

    It took nearly a year for Mr. Kodwani to complete the bronze statue.

    It was only after approval from the former Mayor and Municipal Commissioner of Hubballi-Dharwad that the work on the statue began. The Mayor and the Commissioner, who had visited the artist’s studio at Indore, had inspected the clay model and after their approval, Mr. Kodwani began fabrication work.

    The statue reached Hubballi on a truck on Monday. It will be kept wrapped till its installation at the Mahatma Gandhi Park.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Special Correspondent / Hubballi – May 09th, 2017

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    Little-known episode in state’s history to figure in archive’s digitisation plan

    Termed the Jallianwala Bagh massacre of Karnataka, the execution of 9 of the 19 freedom fighters by the British government, which was never part of the state’s history, will now be available in book format.

    The book titled ‘The Unsung Freedom’ will be published shorty by the Karnataka State Archives Department as part of digitisation of historical documents, K A Dayananda, director, Archives Department, told reporters on Tuesday.

    The department has taken up digitisation of old documents pertaining to the state on a massive scale. The Archives Department has launched a web portal ( for easy access to historical records of the state at the click of a mouse. Karnataka is the only state in the country to digitise historical documents to help research scholars, students and the public.

    Nonagenarian Konana Channabasappa recently shared the 50-page judgement copy of the Madras Court during the colonial period about the capital punishment given to 19 freedom fighters. The Britishers executed 9 of the 19 freedom fighters. They were working abroad drawing handsome salaries then. They returned to India responding to Subhas Chandra Bose’s call to fight for freedom and joined the East India Company on meagre wages. They worked secretely collecting information about the British government’s activities and fought against them. However, they were arrested once their secret mission was exposed and were awarded capital punishment.

    “The sacrifice of these freedom fighters was never a part of history. We know about Sangolli Rayanna’s execution as history refers to his heroic deeds. The sacrifice of nine freedom fighters is no less than that of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre victims. Hence, the department has decided to bring out the judgement copy which deals with activities of the 19 freedom fighters in a book form,” Dayananda said.

    The department has digitised around five lakh pages and hopes to complete the digitisation of over 1.5 crore pages in two years. The department is in touch with government agencies in Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad and Thiruvananthapuram to procure documents pertaining to Karnataka. The process of getting content running into 20,000 pages pertaining to Karnataka from England is also on, he said.

    Around 129 people used the Archives department’s documents in 2016, around 86 in 2015 and 85 in 2014.

    The department awarded Rs 10,000 scholarships to research students to make use of documents. The amount has been increased to Rs 20,000. Only 1% of the population knows about the department’s documents. Hence, the department conducted an exhibition in various parts of the state last year to create awareness about the importance of historical documents available for reference, he added.

    Content comprising around 55,000 pages is in running Kannada handwriting which only experts can read. The department has hired 15 scholars to read and translate them to modern Kannada, he said.

    source: / Deccan Herald / Home> State / DH News Service / Bengaluru – April 26th, 2017

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    April 25th, 2017adminLeaders
    Anusha G.

    Anusha G.

    For Anusha G., a probationary police sub-inspector (PSI) attached to Kuvempunagar station in Mysuru, the results of the gazetted probationary exam held by the Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) have brought cheer and bolstered her resolve to bring laurels to the Police Department.

    Ms. Anusha, a Taekwondo black belt holder, has been given the post of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) after she ranked 12th in the exam. She is ranked first among the DySP postings.

    “I could have opted for the post of Assistant Commissioner in the Revenue Department as my first choice, but I wanted to remain in the Police Department, a childhood dream. Therefore, DySP was my first choice and AC (Revenue) my second option. My training at the Karnataka Police Academy in Mysuru and subsequent posting as PSI only strengthened my resolve to continue to serve the department,” she told The Hindu.

    Ms. Anusha, a native of Bengaluru, said her parents and brother have backed her decision. Her father Ganesh K.S. works with the Union government, while her mother Kusuma is a homemaker.

    Incidentally, Ms. Anusha had come first in PSI examination as well. She joined the department in October last year.

    The young officer said senior IPS officer Sonia Narang was her role model. “I once interacted with her. She influenced me so much,” she said.

    A topper in academics since her school days, Ms. Anusha held the first rank and got eight gold medals on graduating from Bishop Cotton Women’s College. She did her Masters in Public Administration.

    Her priorities

    Women’s safety and empowerment are among her top priorities. “The new posting will encourage me to implement initiatives for the safety of women and children. I am also keen to spread awareness [on this],” she said.

    Ms. Anusha encouraged more women to be mentally strong and join the force. She was a silver medallist in Taekwondo at the Guwahati National Games in 2007, and always makes time to interact with students.

    Mysuru Police Commissioner A. Subramanyeshwara Rao congratulated Ms. Anusha on her success.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Shankar Bennur / Mysuru – April 25th, 2017

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