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`Gundu Rao was known for his boldness'

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REMEMBERING A LEADER: Varalakshmi Gundu Rao giving the first copy of a book on the former Chief Minister the late Gundu Rao to Minister for Science and Technology Ramachandra Gowda in Bangalore on Sunday. Congress leaders Jaffer Sharief and Dinesh Gu ndu Rao are seen. Photo: K. Bhagya Prakash
REMEMBERING A LEADER: Varalakshmi Gundu Rao giving the first copy of a book on the former Chief Minister the late Gundu Rao to Minister for Science and Technology Ramachandra Gowda in Bangalore on Sunday. Congress leaders Jaffer Sharief and Dinesh Gu ndu Rao are seen. Photo: K. Bhagya Prakash

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Former Chief Minister's biography Nenapu-Srigandha by Manoj Gouda Patil released

BANGALORE: A biography of the late R. Gundu Rao, former Chief Minister of Karnataka, was released in Bangalore on Sunday.

The book, Nenapu-Srigandha, authored by journalist Manoj Gouda Patil, was released by Gundu Rao's wife Varalakshmi Gundu Rao at a function organised by the Gundu Rao Memorial Trust to mark his 71st birth anniversary.

Delivering the R. Gundu Rao memorial talk on the occasion, former Legislative Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar described Mr. Gundu Rao as a courageous politician who made bold statements without bothering about political consequences. He was responsible for introducing a large number of new faces to the public life, Mr. Kumar said.

Without naming any leaders, he said some political leaders had ditched Mr. Gundu Rao after taking political favours from him. "Those who were working as clerks under Gundu Rao are now describing themselves as leaders. But they are only clerical leaders," he remarked.

Science and Technology Minister Ramachandra Gowda said the State's political field would have taken a different direction had Mr. Rao not lost the general elections in 1983.

Veteran Congress leader C.K. Jaffer Sharief described Mr Rao as "most outspoken and secular leader" and recalled how the former Chief Minister stood with the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi when she was out of power.

Media Academy chairman V.N. Subba Rao referred to Mr. Rao's unconventional functioning style as Chief Minister.

Scholarships were given to several meritorious students by the Trust on the occasion.

Veteran co-operative movement leader B.S. Vishwanath and Gundu Rao's son and MLA Dinesh Gundu Rao were present.

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