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Updated: February 15, 2012 00:25 IST

Karnataka Minister collapses, dies on way to hospital

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Karnataka Minister for Higher Education V.S. Acharya.
The Hindu Photo Library Karnataka Minister for Higher Education V.S. Acharya.

Karnataka's Minister for Higher Education V.S. Acharya died here on Tuesday following an acute myocardial infarction (heart attack). He was 71. He is survived by wife, four sons and a daughter.

Dr. Acharya, who arrived here from Udupi in the morning, reached the Government Science College on Nrupathunga Road, where he was scheduled to participate in a seminar. As he was walking towards the dais, Dr. Acharya collapsed. He was rushed to the Mallige Medical Centre on Crescent Road. Doctors declared him “brought dead,” as the Minister breathed his last at the gate of the hospital at 1.02 p.m.

Dr. Acharya had been keeping indifferent health for the last few months, prompting media speculation that he would be stepping down.

A doctor by profession, Dr. Acharya became a member of the Legislative Council in 1996. One of the senior-most members of the Cabinet, he also held the Home portfolio till a couple of months ago.

As news of Dr. Acharya's death spread, various politicians, including Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister S. Suresh Kumar, Major Industries Minister Murugesh Nirani, other Ministers and former Ministers, MLAs and MLCs from all parties visited the hospital to pay their last respects.

Fighting back tears, the Chief Minister described Dr. Acharya as his “political guru.” “He was a statesman, a man of integrity and a party loyalist. He did not have a single black-mark in politics and was duty-conscious till the last minute,” Mr. Gowda told presspersons while leaving the hospital.

Keywords: V.S. Acharya

Sad news.

from:  girish s
Posted on: Feb 15, 2012 at 18:17 IST

May his soul rest in peace.

from:  revathi
Posted on: Feb 15, 2012 at 14:29 IST

Karnataka has lost a good and sincere politician

from:  Dr Rathy Ganapathy
Posted on: Feb 15, 2012 at 14:06 IST

Dr. Acharya was a honest leader, really we missed him

from:  Basavaraj Pujar
Posted on: Feb 15, 2012 at 11:11 IST

shocking news to karnataka politics ......may may your soul kept in peace

from:  Guruprasad
Posted on: Feb 15, 2012 at 09:33 IST

It is a great loss for karnataka politics by loosing non corrupt and ideal politician at this crucial juncture.

from:  sheetal
Posted on: Feb 15, 2012 at 06:30 IST

Its shocking and sad to see a tall honest leader demise in the middle of his duties, his work in Karnataka particularly Udupi and mangalore will always be remembered. Let god give strength to his family members to face this sudden shock.

from:  ravi
Posted on: Feb 15, 2012 at 03:49 IST

He had the highest personal income and property appreciation happen when he became minister/ legislative member and had to file statutory declarations of property and wealth. May their tribe increase in heaven. Heaven is beneficiary of our loss. May more deserving Bellary ministers take his place instead.

from:  arun
Posted on: Feb 15, 2012 at 01:24 IST

Karnataka has lost a honest and sincere politician. His loss is irreparable and Udupi in particular will not be able to get an administrator of his quality. Huge loss to Karnataka and mankind. May his soul rest in peace.

from:  Jayatheertha
Posted on: Feb 15, 2012 at 00:16 IST

My most deepest condolences the family. Rest In Peace

from:  Myuren J
Posted on: Feb 15, 2012 at 00:16 IST

Loss of a nice human being that he was will surely be a great loss for our state. May his soul rest in peace and may God grant his family the strength to bear the huge loss!

from:  Ashok A
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 23:27 IST

Dr.Acharya's death not only a great loss to Karnataka state polity but
also to Kasaragod District, in particularly to Kannada speaking minority
in the district. As a Minister he contributed for the sustenance of
Kannada students in the Kasaragod by making proviso in the rules for
admitting "Gadinadu" students to High Education through CET. May his
soul rest in peace. "Kasaragodu Kannada Nadu"

from:  Krishna mohana Kunikullaya.U
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 23:20 IST

A great loss to udipi distorict. We miss you. May his soul rest in peace - he was a gentleman and lived a corruption free life.

from:  kamath
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 22:51 IST

Sad day for BJP party in karnataka for the demise of a noble leader..

from:  hazik
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 22:50 IST

A GREAT LOSS TO UDUPI DIST SIR WE MISS YOU MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE

from:  kamath
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 22:49 IST

It is tragic that Karnataka state governence is seeing the loss of such eminent personalities .Aacharya was an rare gem that could not be replaced in the cabinet. May such leaders be born on this land again & again as rolemodels to thousands.

from:  Dheeraj.Ananthan
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 22:48 IST

Dr.v.s.Acharya is very prompt and friendly attitude personality. We lost one the intellectual among the intellectuals. When compare to other polticians he is really statemen

from:  C.P.Murthy Journalist
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 22:31 IST

Great loss to the state of Karnataka-We have lost a person with immense capability & true leader!

from:  Dr. K.Mallikhrajuna Babu
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 22:07 IST

It is a very shocking news indeed.For me it is a personal loss as well.We have lost one of our close family friends.BJP has lost it's a very honest and faithful party worker and a tall leader,who deserved better status and position than what was given to him though he did not aspire for it.My his soul rest in peace.My condolences to his family members.

from:  Dr.Prabhakar Mallya
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 21:44 IST

God takes away Good people soon. Bad people live longer life, as Gods doesnt want them early bcoz they will spoil the atmosphere there in heaven

from:  Krishna
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 21:35 IST

May his soul rest in peace.

from:  Jagadeesh
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 20:59 IST

He was honest and visionary politician of Karnataka Political arena..
RIP....

from:  Neelakanta N T
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 20:53 IST

He was good politician and one of the good education minister in karnataka and we miss you sir

from:  ravi patil
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 20:46 IST

Its hard to believe we have lost one of the greatest political leader of Karnataka. May his soul rest in peace.

from:  Seetharam
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 20:32 IST


He was a gentle man and lived a corruption free life•. A great loss to mankind

from:  chetana
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 20:23 IST

Our state has lost a great statesman who was non controversial and a
great human being. And I lost a good friend. May his soul rest in peace.

from:  K R Kulkarni
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 20:07 IST

This is a Very Sad news . He was one among the Non corrupt
minister(leader)in the BJP party.. Only God knows How many politicians
like him are left today in karnataka....

from:  rahulvk
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 20:06 IST

The above comments reflects the departed leader had a command in the party as well as lived for the society. His demise had created a void in Karnataka politics.

from:  Babu Ameen
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 19:37 IST

I would like to know if the schools are closed tomorrow as he is
Education Minister

from:  Priya
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 19:35 IST

One of the most renowned ministers with very good code of conduct. Even though he belonged to a Brahmin family he did not differentiate in Caste and Creed. May hs soul Rest in peace

from:  Karibasappa
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 18:46 IST

very sincere politician may his soul rest in peace/moksha

from:  prashanth
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 18:32 IST

We have lost one of respected politician with clean image

from:  S.Ananth
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 18:22 IST

He was such a nice gentleman - was an ' ajaatashatru '!... Sad to hear of untimely demise . May his soul rest in peace !...

from:  bkjagadish
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 18:04 IST

Karnataka has lost a very efficient minister. May his soul rest in peace.
Chandrasekar

from:  Chan
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 18:01 IST

Sorry...... sir Karnataka people miss you

from:  Shivanand K Saunshi
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 17:58 IST

May your soul rest in peace.

from:  Ranita
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 17:57 IST

we miss u lot..and i pay homage....
in this occassion i send a strong condolence message to his family god can give sustain power...may ur soul rip...

from:  gipsy
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 17:49 IST

The Sad Demise Dr.Acharya is a unbearable loss to the State of
Karnataka,especially for the people of Udupi District.

from:  Aaron Donald
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 17:41 IST

One of the honest guys in the cabinet. My his soul rest in peace.
--Madhusudhan.K

from:  Madhusudhan.K
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 16:58 IST

VS Acharya was one of the affable and effective ministers.May his soul rest in peace.Big loss for BJP and RSS.
From: Venkatesh Shrinivasacharya Sagar

from:  V S SAGAR
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 16:46 IST

Really sad to hear this news; One of the few clean hand politicians in the current `mud slinging' politics; RIP

from:  MURALIDHARA ACHARYA
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 16:43 IST

Sad to hear Dr. Acharya's Death. He was a gentleman politician.

from:  M.N. Seetharama
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 16:28 IST

Shocking !.. I just saw this on facebook and did not belive, so, visited
The Hindu.
this NEWS is just unbelievable, MR Acharya had travelled from his home
town without any symptoms then how it had happened suddenly? Anyhow Will
pray for his soul

from:  Ranjith Kandya
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 16:23 IST

Very sad to hear about Dr. Acharyas death. He was a great person.
We prey let his soul rest in peace.

Adiga K N

from:  K. N. ADIGA
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 16:20 IST

Dr. Acharya was one of the senior most political figure from the
formerly undivided Dakshina Kannada district who had spotless political
career. He never shifted his political allegiance throughout his
political career. Even during the Emergency he stood by his principles
like a rock, never swerving from them for a moment. In his passing, the
Udupi district in particular and the state of Karnataka in general has
lost a dignified political figure whose place is difficult to fill.

from:  Vasudev Bhat
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 16:02 IST

Karnataka has lost a good leader and a diplomat

from:  Srirama
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 16:01 IST

Really sad to heard the news of Dr.V.S. Acharya's Death. Karnataka Government has lost one of the most efficient Minister. Really a great loss to BJP Government. Let his soul in piece.

from:  Suvarna Naik
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 15:57 IST

Editors of Crime Investigator and Legal Info Pages convey their condolence to the bereaved family of Minister Dr. V.S.Acharya

from:  MOHAMMED IQBAL
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 15:56 IST

Very unfortunate. These days some of these minsiters are so careless about their health . Too much of work load builds up physical and mental stress. Others shoudl learn some lessons from this sad incident.

from:  Abraham Ruby
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 15:53 IST

A most respected and humane being, found it difficult to be a ruthless
politician, and related to big and small alike as if they were his
brethren. He served all as a physician and had time for everyone. A
rare humanist, he led by example. Udupi will long remember this great
son!

from:  D P PAI
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 15:42 IST

We have lost one of the very few good politicians. May his soul rest in peace.

from:  Pradeep
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 15:41 IST

we lost a great person.

from:  Ravi
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 15:36 IST

we have lost a genuine political leader it is a great loss to our state and to our BJP govt .may god give peace to their family .

regards

maltesh kulkarni

from:  maltesh
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 15:32 IST

Shocking news ! May His soul rest in peace .

from:  Raman Majunath
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 15:28 IST

I am happy that at least once in my life time I had a chance to see
him and listen to his speech on my graduation day. While most of us
think that doctors should treat the patient and cure the disease but
Acharya sir did not restrict his work only to his clinic ,he has served
the community both as a doctor and also a good administrator . Nobody
can replace such a great personality but many can get the inspiration by
the life he lead.

from:  Dr.Mohan Kumar.S
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 15:23 IST

One of very few good persons of the state.
Let his soul rest in peace........

from:  Manoj
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 15:19 IST

V.S.Acharya sir is a great person.......

from:  sharat
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 15:02 IST

I'm very sad .. he was a kind gentleman and a noble soul. Must have become CM

from:  Deepa John
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 14:58 IST

Dr. V S Acharya a simple person and lawful thoughts . Worked hard to build BJP in Udupi dist . Sad message today . Let his soul rest in peace.

from:  umesh M Daivagna
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 14:56 IST

realy it is shock

from:  mohan
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 14:50 IST

We have lost a good person.It is a loss to state.

from:  Karibasavaiah
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 14:46 IST

Everyone had always known Dr.Acharya to be a man of integrity and
honesty. He always wore a smile and never let his image to be tainted by
being a true party worker and a great political leader. Let his soul
rest in peace.

from:  Karthik
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 14:45 IST

Realy its very Bad News to All Karnataka Publics

from:  Basavanna H S
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 14:44 IST

Really sad indeed. He was one of the good politicians among the
Karnataka politicians. May his soul rest in peace.

from:  Ankit
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 14:42 IST

Really its a shocking news.He was a good person, I have seen him in my college function in udupi.

from:  jagadeesh
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 14:33 IST

A thorough gentleman . RIP.

from:  kannadiga
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 14:31 IST

Sorry...sir v miss u... :(

from:  Ajay
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 14:28 IST

It is a shocking news to hear the sudden death of the minister of Higher
Education, Government of Karnataka. He has worked tirelessly to the
welfare of the people of Udupi district. My heartfelt condolences to the
members of his family. May UDUPI SRI KRISHNA bless his soul.

from:  Professor M R Udupa
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 14:25 IST

It is a shocking news to hear the sudden death of the minister of Higher
Education, Government of Karnataka. He has worked tirelessly to the
welfare of the people of Udupi district. My heartfelt condolences to the
members of his family. May UDUPI SRI KRISHNA bless his soul.

from:  Professor M R Udupa
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 14:25 IST


Very sad...shocking news for all Kannadigas.. really we have loosed Great Political Legend.....

from:  Chandrahas Shetty
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 14:22 IST

It is very great loss to karnataka politics, as well as he is very good human being, great loss to BJP Party.

from:  Dr Anil Kumar K
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 14:19 IST

we have lost one more efficient minister in BJP today., its a sad day for us & we will keep Mr. Acharya & his family in our prayers.

from:  Joseph Leo
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 14:17 IST

Dr Acharya was a honest politician and worked hard in all aspects of his career. May his soul rest in peace

from:  vinod madhavan
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 14:16 IST

A gentleman political leader is no more with us. And those left can be counted on one's fingers considering the degraded souls we have ruling us. May his soul rest in peace.

from:  Anand
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 14:16 IST

may ur soul be RIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

from:  sharath
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 14:15 IST

clean hand RIP

from:  srinivas
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 14:15 IST

BJP has lost A noble person, May his soul rest in peace.

from:  raamprasad
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 14:08 IST

He was one of the rare politician with clean image and has never used his political influence for any favours

from:  MS
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 14:07 IST
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