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Inspiring, honestly

    RENUKA PHADNIS
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About a fortnight ago, writer Subbaraya Chokadi was awarded the Muliya Thimmappaiah Prashasthi in Mangalore. The master of the ceremony explained how Mr. Chokadi's poetry was known beyond Sullia, where the poet lives. He made a brave attempt to recite Mr. Chokadi's poems. He soon realised that his rendition of the song was “horrible”. But undeterred, the master of the ceremony made another attempt. It speaks volumes about Mr. Chokadi's poems, which inspired even an amateur singer to break into song.

Mr. Clean?

That Opposition party politicians never miss an opportunity to lash out at the Ministers. Basavaraj Horatti, the six-time MLC, was no exception to this. Mr. Horatti, who was in Mangalore recently, minced no words in stating most of the members of the B.S. Yeddyurappa Ministry were corrupt. But he said S. Suresh Kumar, Urban Development Minister, was an exception. He also praised Arvind Limbavali, the former minister for Higher Education, who, according to Mr. Horatti, did good work. Mr. Horatti regretted such persons did not find a place in the State Cabinet.

But Mr. Horatti did not say why Mr. Limbavali was dropped from the Cabinet.

They got it wrong

Certain turn of events can make some events less inspiring than they should have been.

The Mangalore University probably had a tough time in finding the right chief guest for its recent programme to felicitate sportspersons who have made a mark in the Inter-University and inter-collegiate sports meet held in 2010.

The invitation mentioned Deputy Commissioner of Police Muthuraya as the chief guest. When the organisers found that Mr. Muthuraya would not make it, they convinced the Chief Architect of Karnataka K. Uday to do the honours.

When his turn came at the function, Mr. Uday made it clear that he did not have much to talk about sports. Instead, he explained the construction of Vikasa Soudha and the Suvarna Soudha in Belgaum. Mr. Muthuraya, who joined when the function later, also did not speak about sportspersons. He devoted much of his speech to the lifestyle of the policemen.

Memory lapse?

Many schemes, especially those related to environment are well begun but lose steam mid-way. A case in point is the Udupi City Municipal Council's decision to ban providing plastic bottled water at the general body meetings. Water was being provided in glasses to the CMC members, CMC officials and the media at these meetings.

But this noble intention received its setback at the general body meeting of the CMC on March 28.

Water was provided in the glasses for the CMC councillors, staff and media at the beginning of the meeting. But midway, the irrepressible bottled water made its comeback.

When pointed out, CMC president Kiran Kumar said he would look into the matter and take action.

RENUKA PHADNIS,

RAVIPRASAD KAMILA,

RAGHAVA M. AND

GANESH PRABHU

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