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  September 3, 2015
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Caption: Tourism Minister R.V. Deshpande and District Minister V. Sreenivasa Prasad, who travelled in the first flight from Bengaluru to Mysuru this morning, were received by MP Pratap Simha, MLA Vasu, Assistant Commissioner Syeda Aiisha and others at the Mandakalli airport. MP C.S. Puttaraju and Mandakalli Airport Director Manoj Kumar Singh are also seen.

Mysuru, Sept. 3- Alliance Air, a subsidiary of Air India Limited, began its flight services between Bengaluru and Mysuru, with its first flight carrying nine dignitaries landing at Mandakalli Airport in city at 6.45 this morning.

The flight had taken off from Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in Bengaluru at about 6 am today.

The 48-seater Economic Class flight was given a customary water salute by two fire extinguisher vehicles which sprayed water from either sides of the runway as the aircraft landed.

The nine passengers of this first Alliance Air flight were District Minister V. Sreenivasa Prasad...more

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Caption: 1) Narayan with wife Jayamma, son Jayaramu, daughter-in-law Shwetha (extreme left) and grandson Amith. 2) Narayan (extreme left) with his political mentor Siddharamaiah.

Swami Vivekananda was never tired of repeating his clarion call to the youth of India, ‘You are the master of your own destiny.’ Many social reformers too have given similar calls to the youth to dream and work diligently to improve their social, academic, economic and political conditions despite being oppressed under adverse social conditions. Some listen to these spiritual and social reformers, pursue their exhortation and succeed.

One such person to succeed in our city, I do not know if inspired by such noble souls, is Narayan, who was the Mayor of our city (in 2000-01) and now, at age 60, is the Chairman of the Karnataka State Safai Karmachari Commission.

Born into a community which, under our enlightened and secular Constitution, is called Scheduled Caste of Madiga community in Karnataka, Narayan’s parents lived in a slum and worked as Safai Karmacharis, manual workers, that included manual scavenging work as well.

As a child, he lived with his parents and six siblings in an atmosphere and milieu that would not even allow one to dream for a better future. Poverty and hunger haunted him. Poverty forever degrades a person, never enables nor ennobles one unless made of a sterner stuff. Narayan apparently was made of a sterner stuff. He decided to change the course of his destiny.

Beginning as a manual scavenger at Mysuru Railway Station for about eight months, by age 16 he managed to study ending up as a class X drop-out. He got a job in the famous Ideal Jawa motorcycle factory of Farrokh Irani, a liberal, generous industrialist of our city. Many underprivileged had benefited from Farrokh Irani’s egalitarian approach to an enterprise and Narayan was certainly one such beneficiary.

From a paltry salary of Rs. 180 a month he got from the ...more

     Feature Article  

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC

August 29th, what is so special about this date? For people down South, it is another day. But for people up North, this is a very special day. The Raksha Bandhan day. If you ever visit any office at Delhi on this day, you will find most of the female staff missing from their desks. Just to check their reactions, once I threatened some lady staff with severe action but found out that even that did not deter them from taking leave on this particular day. Up North there is a saying, “Saari khudaayi ek taraf, joru ka bhai ek taraf,” it is a fact. The women are up in arms if one dares to criticise their brothers.

“Raksha” means protection and “Bandhan” symbolises bond. So Raksha Bandhan signifies the bond of protection which a sister gets from her brother from all evils and perils. It is one of the many occasions in which family ties are affirmed in India. It is just not physical but spiritual as well. Rakhi is a very important event of the Hindu religion and has been practised from time immemorial. It is a simple ceremony with the sister putting a tilak on the forehead of her brother and then doing an arathi. Thereafter, she ties the sacred thread on his wrist. Normally, the brother is expected to give a gift depending on his stature.

However, it is also a fact that this ceremony is not confined to biological siblings only. Hence, it is common to see several cousins and close friends also tie this thread on the occasion. During the rakhi day, most of the youngsters run for cover since they are afraid that the girls who they are wooing may come and tie the band, proclaiming to the world that they are their brothers.

Raksha Bandhan has many a myths and historical legends linked to it. The festival falls on the full moon day “Shravana Poornima” of the Shravana month of the Hindu lunisolar calendar. Now, let us dwell on some of the myths and historical stories.

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