Patil Puttappa chose to continue his career in journalism though he could have entered politics, and continues to function as the conscience keeper of Kannadigas even at his ripe age, said Minister for Water Resources Basavaraj Bommai.
He was addressing the gathering after conferring the Dr. Patil Puttappa Patrika Puraskar to Senior Assistant Editor of The Hindu T.V. Sivanandan and Deputy Chief Reporter of Udayavani Amaregouda Gonawar during the 93rd birthday celebrations of veteran journalist Patil Puttappa here on Sunday.
Dr. Patil Puttappa Vichar Vedike had organised the programme.
Mr. Bommai said that Mr. Puttappa was one among those who dreamt of building new Karnataka even before the unification of Karnataka.
Earlier, senior journalist Shivanand Joshi likened Mr. Puttappa to a banyan tree, which he said, had given shelter and nourished several journalists.
Professor of Karnatak University Shantha Imrapur described Mr. Puttappa as the conscience keeper of Kannadigas.
Responding to the honour, Mr. Sivanandan said that it was sort of homecoming for him as it was Hubli which acted as a launching pad for him. He said that in Hubli he was trained under the “walking encyclopaedia Patil Puttappa” who was like a guru to him and senior journalist M. Madan Mohan was a father figure to him.
Mr. Amaregouda said that the award would keep warning him whenever he would err in his journalistic work.
Mr. Puttappa spoke about his difficult days as a young journalist. He gave credit to his wife, Indumati, for his long career as a journalist and said that she had always supported him in his work. Mr. Puttappa said that the educated class was responsible for the sorry state of affairs in the country because they kept quiet despite knowing that those in the administration had committed blunders.
Mr. Patil Puttappa stressed the need for protecting the sanctity of the media.
The former Advocate-General of Karnataka Ashok Haranahalli spoke on the deteriorating standards of journalism.Working president of the vedike G.R. Tamagond, honorary president G.G. Doddawad, organising secretary Niranjan Walishettar, general secretary Arur Laxman Shet and Hubli-Dharwad Mayor Pandurang Patil were present.