Destiny changes life of men of Destiny
On 6th instant, the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (BVB) School in city celebrated Teachers’ Day, by inviting Dr. C.G. Nagaraja, retired Head Master, DMS, Regional Institute of Education also in city.
Speaking on the occasion, he recalled his early student days in Yuvaraja’s College, Mysore, struggling to find food and shelter due to stark poverty at home. Naturally, he could not raise Rs. 60 for SSLC exam fee and resigned himself to his fate deciding not to appear for the exam and look for some job instead. However, his father could raise Rs. 40 at last. When he went to pay that as fee, the clerk declined saying he must pay Rs. 60, no less.
Disappointed, Nagaraja was walking back but was met by Dr. M. Nagaraj, Botany Professor, who on learning the problem instantly gave Nagaraja Rs. 20 and asked him to pay the fee. Thereafter, Nagaraja never looked back. He went abroad and became a name in the field of education. Incidentally, Dr. M. Nagaraj is still amidst us living in Jayanagar. C.G. Nagaraja recalled his help with a lump in his throat. Later, I learnt his benefactor Dr. M. Nagaraj is a Dalit and C.G. Nagaraja a Brahmin! I mention this only to underscore the universal nature of love, compassion and brotherhood that transcends narrow barriers of caste, creed, region and religion.
I remembered this incident when I read the article “If KRS dam was not constructed...” by a college lecturer Gubbigoodu Ramesh in Mysooru Mithra yesterday. He narrates a similar incident in the life of Sir M. Visvesvaraya, Dewan of Mysore. While studying in SSLC he too did not have enough money to pay the exam fee. His mother emptied all her tin pots and searched secret niches to retrieve the coins kept for the rainy day and gave it to her son. He was happy and hurried to school to pay the fee. But he was short of four annas. However, the teacher, who knew Visvesvaraya was a brilliant student, paid the deficit thus enabling him to ...more