Quality of public life has declined: Governor

Remembering a leader:Governor H.R. Bhardwaj and senior Congress leader M.V. Rajasekharan paying tributes to B.D. Jatti in Bangalore on Sunday.— Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy  

Governor H.R. Bhardwaj on Sunday said the principles followed by Basappa Danappa Jatti, the fifth Vice-President and Acting President of India from February 11, 1977, to July 25, 1977, are still relevant today to reform society and bring in social equality and justice.

Inaugurating a function organised to mark the birth centenary of B.D. Jatti by the Basava Samiti, the Governor said there had been a decline in the quality of public life among current generation of political leaders. Jatti, who led a simple and disciplined public life and stood for social equality and women empowerment, founded Basava Samiti for spreading principles adopted by 12th Century social reformer Basaveshwara.

Jatti, who also held offices as Chief Minister of Mysore State and Governor of Orissa, was a man of simplicity and honesty. He did not get a black mark during his political career. His discipline and punctuality inspired many leaders, the Governor said. Jatti passed away in 2002.

Born on September 10, 1912 in a Lingayat Banajiga family at Savalgi in Jamkhandi taluk of Bijapur district, Jatti entered politics in 1940 and was eventually elected to the Jamkhandi State Legislature.

The Governor recalled his association with Jatti during the Emergency and said he had donated a book to him.

Former Director-General and Inspector-General of Police Shankar Bidari urged the government to install a statue of B.D. Jatti on the premises of Vidhana Soudha.

Siddalinga Swamy of Siddaganga Math, Tumkur, urged the government to celebrate the centenary of Jatti in a grand manner.

Congress leader M.V. Rajasekharan and former MP Sudha V. Reddy recalled their association with former Vice-President.

As chairman of a Land Reforms Committee, Jatti gave a historic report which was implemented by the Government of Mysore, which is in vogue today, said Basava Samithi president Aravind Jatti.


The Basava Samithi felicitated Sri Basavananda Swamy of Dharwad, Pradeep Kumar Hebri and Ramzan Darga for their contributions to the spread of Basaveshwara’s philosophy.