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CM pays last respects; State funeral held at Kuvempu Trust premises

Prof. D. Javaregowda [July 8, 1918 - May 30, 2016]

Mysuru, May 31- The last rites of renowned Kannada litterateur Prof. Devegowda Javaregowda (98), popularly known as Dejagow, was held at Kuvempu Trust premises in Jayalakshmipuram here this afternoon.

Dejagow’s son Prof. J. Shashi-dhar Prasad, former VC of University of Mysore, performed the last rites. The body of Dejagow, who passed away yesterday evening, was kept for public viewing at his residence in Jayalakshmipuram before being taken on a procession to Kuvempu Trust for burial. The funeral procession was accompanied by pro-Kannada activists, office-bearers of District Kannada Sahitya Parishat and others. Enroute to the Trust premises, the body was kept for a while at ‘Kuteera,’ a small room at Chandrakala Hospital where Dejagow used to stay often.

Chief Minister Siddharamaiah, who arrived at Mandakalli Airport on a spec...more

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In defiance of Govt.’s unscientific development works atop Hill

Caption: A Royal protest: Maharani Pramoda Devi Wadiyar is seen addressing the protestors with her son Yaduveer by her side. Picture right shows Vigilante Warriors of Chamundi Hill at the foothill yesterday raising the voice of protest against the Government’s DPR for developing the temple area.

Yesterday, 29 May 2016, about 5,000 people of Mysuru city — young, old and disabled, women and children — from all corners of the city assembled where the steps to climb the hill begins, near the Ayyappa Swamy Temple, to register their protest at the massive developmental project at a cost of Rs. 79.94 crore, say Rs. 80 crore, that was launched by the government.

The Detailed Project Report (DPR) of this development plan, a copy of which I have obtained, as already reported in media, clearly suggests that the government and its planners have got it all wrong as if they are to build a township atop the hill around the Chamundeshwari Temple.

Well, it looked to me as if our Chief Minister was inspired by the Chief Minister of the newly formed State of Andhra Pradesh, Chandrababu Naidu, who is building a new, modern, nay, futuristic capital city at Amaravathi. After all, our Chief Minister Siddharamaiah, as reported in newspapers, had said he would fashion Chamundi Hill Temple after the Tirupathi Hill Temple. Well, he seems to mean it in letter and spirit.

Now, that misconception of Chamundi Hill Temple development by our Chief Minister is staring us in the face scaring us no end. Hence this is the right time to stop the ongoing work by the responsible, alert, vigilant citizens of Mysuru.

Happily, the first step to stop the unscientific, unimaginative, irresponsible and in many cases works that are unwanted, (for example buildings), has been taken by the citizens of Mysuru yesterday under the joint initiative of a number of city NGOs led by Let’s do it! My...more

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By T.J.S. George

We may gloat as much as we want about acche din, but the world's record-keepers say that Indians are getting progressively non-happy. The World Happiness Report for 2016 has placed India at 118 among 157 nations, a peg below last year's 117th position. Worse, the fall in its index points makes India seventh among the biggest losers of happiness in the last one year.

How can this be true when our Ministers at the Centre and in the States are full of happiness? Could this be another conspiracy by anti-national elements? It may be difficult to dismiss the World Happiness Report because it grew out of ideas that received support from the United Nations and bears the stamp of internationally known economists. It does not have the authoritativeness of GDP (gross domestic product, the measuring tape economists love), but it has a relevance to the realities of human life that makes its annual appearance an eagerly awaited event.

The idea of measuring national happiness rather than national product is said to have originated in the mind of the King of Bhutan in 1972. GDP, he said, did not convey a correct picture of his subjects' standard of well-being. The UN found merit in the idea and evolved, under the guidance of economists Mahbub-ul-Haq and Amartya Sen, what became known as the Human Development Index (HDI). HDI aimed at moving the focus of policy planners from national income to human well-being. A Leicester University Social Psychologist had meanwhile developed the idea of a World Map of Happiness based on statistical data and subjective interviews with some 80,000 individuals.

The World Happiness Report that came out in 2006 found Denmark at the top of the list, Zimbabwe and Burundi at the bottom. Denmark has remained the leader except in 2015 when Switzerland, usually the number two, upstaged it. Others ranked among the happiest are Iceland, Norway, Finland, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden. Among wor...more

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