ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)

- Memoir - If He was Born Elsewhere -

[Picked from Shri K. C. Shiva Reddy's book]


It was in the year 1953. Puttappa was invited to inaugurate a seminar on journalism. The secretary, delivering welcome speech said, 'If Puttappa were to have born somewhere else, his position- socially, financially, economically and politically- would have been much better.' Explaining his stand on this point Puttappa said, 'I do not know, in his point of view, what constitute the ideals of life. But, I took birth here. If I were to be elsewhere, I would not have got a better position than this. I am not saying this just to say this. This is true and real. Everywhere there is fraying. It is there in every individual; every community. Personal ego, arrogance and racing for popularity are the major causes for this. Once they get into us whatever might be the position you are occupying, the status and the glory you live in, you will never feel satisfied. The reasons of money are the futile reasons; arrogance and egotism are the causes. Let the organ of Kannada be played here. It need not go to London. It need not go to Hawaii islands. Let the people around here read and enjoy, let it become fruitful here. It is then the writer feels happy and his work sees the fruits of labour.'

Lohia had once asked Puttappa to enter Parliament, 'come and tell your Nehru all this on the floor of Parliament.' It was Lohia's real wish that thinkers like Kuvempu need enter Parliament.

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