Leaders pay tribute to Manjappa

Special Correspondent

Bangarappa describes him as a visionary committed to the cause of poor

SHIMOGA: The Shimoga MP and former Chief Minister S. Bangarappa said here on Sunday that the former Chief Minister and social worker Kadidal Manjappa was a visionary committed to the cause of the poor and downtrodden and hoped that the contemporary social movements would draw inspiration from his leadership qualities.

Inaugurating the birth centenary celebration of Manjappa, Mr. Bangarappa said that simplicity and commitment to the values in public life were the traits of his personality and hoped that such values would be a source of inspiration to the younger generation.

He said the fact that Manjappa dreamt of an egalitarian society spoke of his commitment to the welfare of the poor and downtrodden.

Tirthahalli taluk in Shimoga district had contributed outstanding leaders like Manjappa and Shantaveri Gopalagowda.

The former Minister D.H. Shankaramurthy hailed Manjappa as a “harbinger” of social changes and he sought to bring them through legal means.

Sterling qualities

The former Judge of the Karnataka High Court A.J. Sadashiva said that if Manjappa excelled in public life it was because of his sterling qualities which were worthy of emulation.

Presiding over the function the former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly D.B. Chandre Gowda suggested that the Kuvempu University should come forward to establish a study chair in the name of Manjappa so as to enlighten his achievements to the younger generation.

He said that it was not enough if Manjappa’s birth centenary was celebrated only in Bangalore or Shimoga.

It should be held in the environs of the beneficiaries of the land reforms in rural areas which were initiated by him, he said.

He said that Manjappa played an important role in introducing the reforms in administration without making any fuss of it as he visited the Tahsildar’s office to bring out the files pending since long so that they could be disposed of expeditiously. He said it was ironical that if Manjappa desired that the landless should get the land to cultivate, the present Government was indulged in taking back the agricultural land from them.

Secretary of Tourism and Kannada and Culture I.M. Vitthalamurthy, Kadidal Nagappa Gowda, brother of Manjappa, and MLC Mir Azeez Ahmed, Deputy Commissioner T.K. Anilkumar and zilla panchayat chief executive officer P. Bore Gowda were present.

Land reforms

Earlier, speaking at a seminar on the life and contribution of Manjappa held as part of the celebration advocate Ravi Varma Kumar of the High Court said that Manjappa played an important role in initiating land reforms in the early fifties by introducing laws related to the abolition of absentee landlordism and recognition to the right of cultivators.

Days in prison

The frontline leader of the Kagodu Satyagraha H. Ganapathiappa recalled the jail term suffered by Manjappa after being arrested in connection with the Quit India Movement.

He said that Manjappa was not satisfied with the mere political freedom as he was convinced that it was meaningless as long as socio economic gap remained un-bridged.

Karnataka Raitha Sangha State general secretary K.T. Gangadhar presided over the function.

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