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Muralidhara Khajane
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Chief MinisterD.V. Sadananda Gowda
Chief MinisterD.V. Sadananda Gowda

Poetry often helps one express what cannot be said directly. That's what Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda seemed to do in his presentation of the State Budget to give vent to the mental agony he had been undergoing of late, with his predecessor B.S. Yeddyurappa constantly trying to unseat him.

Presenting the budget here on Wednesday, he read out lines from 12th century revolutionary thinker Basaveshwara: “Nyana Nishturi, Dakshinya Para Naanalla. Lokavirodhi Sharananarigu Anjuvavanalla.” Meaning an upright man remains uncompromising, even at the cost of antagonising the world.

He ended his speech quoting “Kalavala Neegibidu…” from D.V. Gundappa's Mankuthimmana Kagga. He said that the lines show “the right path to reach the goal without getting disheartened.”

Mr. Gowda kept at it by rendering the best lines of Kannada poets every so often — of Gopalakrishna Adiga, Kuvempu and Channaveera Kanavi — to underline his government's initiative in meeting the aspirations of various sections of society.

He started reading out the Agriculture Budget with “Annava Kotta Holake Namisi” (saluting the land that gives food). He went on to read ‘Iko nela...', a poem by Channaveera Kanavi, which reflects the farmer's tireless efforts. Quoting the same poet's “Bhoomiye Daiva..”, he said: “If we can understand the lines, we will understand the importance of agriculture and the farmer.” He concluded with the lines of “Uluva Yogiya Nodalli” by Kuvempu.

During the presentation of the budget, Mr. Gowda rendered “Hosa Hadiyanu Hididu Nadeyanna Munde…” by Adiga to emphasise that change is a continuous process and inevitable for progress.

While announcing total outlay of Rs. 4,534-crore to youth in various sectors, he again went back to Adiga's famous ‘Kattuvevu Naavu.' He said that “Hosanettarukki Aarihoguva Munna” (before the hot blood of youth cools), the BJP government had pledged to constructively utilise youth power.

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