A development activist, public policy advocate, social innovator and leadership trainer
A question that I’ve been repeatedly asked is why I chose Heggadadevanakote (HD Kote) taluk to begin my social development work in 1987. Very few know that I did not choose HD Kote, but that it was chosen for me by two extraordinary bureaucrats. One was Nanjunda Rao, a retired special Deputy Commissioner (DC) and the other was Mr V P Baligar, the then DC of Mysuru. They had heard about me and my intentions and met me while I was still a medical student. Mr Baligar took me in his official car to HD Kote and we walked to
Recently, one saw a mockery of the statement ‘first amongst equals’ in the state of Karnataka. Constitutionally, the head of government is the chief minister at the state level while the Prime Minister is at the national level. Convention demands that legislators of the party with a majority, meet and elect their leader who then takes over as the head of the government. What we see happening across different states in India is the phenomenon that is today popularly called the ‘high command culture’. Leaders of national parties sitting in Delhi decide on the leader of their state legislature party.
Swami Vivekananda’s life and message continues to inspire millions of people around the world. Describing him and his work is like trying to describe God…One can do it in so many ways depending on one’s beliefs, experiences and perspectives. Instead of spending time on trying to unpack him and his message intellectually, it is more rewarding to try and live it on a daily basis. This is indeed easier said than done. Recently, I had the opportunity to share some of his thoughts with Indian students in Germany as part of the Vivekananda Jayanthi celebrations of 2021. Apart from the