E.R. RAMACHANDRAN writes: Ajji went on an impromptu fast on shravana shanivara.
“Ajji! What’s the matter? Why, this lightning fast?”
“Every year I go on a fast on this day. This is a vratha invoking Ganesha to remove all the obstacles and grant us a trouble-free life ahead.”
“Ajji! If I have a problem with my boss or in my office can I expect you will go on a fast to save me?”
“Why should I go on a fast to save you from punishment if you have done something for which you deserve punishment? I will go on a fast to make sure you pay for your sins!”
“Ajji! Looks like I can’t depend on you. It seems Dasharatha would do anything for the sake of Sri Rama. Motilal Nehru did the same when his son Jawahar Lal had to sleep on the floor in jail during the freedom movement.”
“All examples of puthra vyamoha! The Dhrutharashtra–Duryodhana example would be more apt. At least Dhrutharashtra was blind and couldn’t see his son’s follies. But what of the others who can see their childrens’ paapa and yet are blinded by their puthra vyamoha?’
“Some people feel they are following Gandhiji by fasting.”
“Gandhiji did not use the powerful tool of upavasa or satyagraha for personal causes like promotions or preventing law from taking its course. That is why the biggest empire in the world at that time, Britain, bowed to his dream of swarajya for India, no matter what S.L. Bhyrappa says now 60 years after enjoying freedom! Had Gandhiji fasted for silly personal reasons, he would have been a laughing stock and Britain would have humiliated him.
“When would fasting be a powerful tool Ajji?”
“When it is not used for personal gains. Prof De Ja Gow is a very learned and respected man, a writer and a past vice-chancellor. Had he fasted for cleanliness in public life he would have done a singular service against corruption. People would have applauded him had he fasted against his son’s actions or against the University.”
“I would have joined him in fasting even if it was not shivarathri! Had his son Dr J. Shashidhar Prasad been proved innocent, both father-son duo would have been revered in academic circles for different reasons. Prasad because he was innocent and DeJaGow for challenging the son to prove his innocence under the law of the land keeping his relation aside.”
“Unfortunately it didn’t happen that way.”
“Not many can do that. I sympathize with Prof DeJaGow. But the least he could have done was to allow law to go to its logical end and not trivialize this into a drama which lowered his own image. His one-day fast would have been apt had it been held at Bhoomi Geetha in Rangayana!”
“What about H.R. Bharadwaj, the governor?”
“His behavior with the vice-chancellor Prof V.G. Talwar was stupid, insensitive and deserves the highest condemnation by one and all. And one more thing….”
“What’s it, Ajji?”
“For heaven’s sake, this phoot-lawyri cum governor should change his name. It is an insult on two counts. One for the great rishi Bharadwaja and secondly for the Bharadwaja Gothra!”
“He behaved like a creep while ill-treating a learned VC of a University which had titans like Dr S. Radhkrishnan, Prof. K.N. Pannikkar and Dr K.M. Shrimali occupying his chair once.”
“But tell me what will a Governor of such calibre understand the significance of either his own name or how to treat learned academicians when all he knows is how to please his political bosses and there lies his role in l’affaire Ottavio Quattrocchi!”
What a concealed double punch for the individuals involved in the ajji-mommogana saMbhAshaNe?
You are one of the most creative and funny writers on Churumuri. Keep them coming.
It is so sad comparing University of Mysore of a few decades back with the present one. Hope they clean it up.
With due respect to ERR sir, I don’t think S.L.Bhyrappa’s view points were meant to negate the contribution or demean the Mahatma.
DeJeGo has amassed huge land in Vijaynagar in the name of Kuvempu.
he is not Karnataka ratna he is Vanchaka ratna.
His son should be punished for the wrong doings he did at the University of Mysore. As a head of the University he should be held responsible.
Our governor is under pressure. Devegowada and some congress leader at the center are behind the scene.
It is indeed surprising that churumuri which discusses happenings all over the world, has not brought out a post on l’affaire Shashidhar Prasad especially in regards to the governor’s outburst against the vice-chancellor. This is an event that happened in its own backyard.
ERR, kudos to your ajji for expressing her stand on this issue.
ನಗರದಲ್ಲಿ ಶ್ರೀ ಕೃಷ್ಣಧಾಮದಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆಯುತ್ತಿರುವ ಪೇಜಾವರ ಮಠದ ವಿಶ್ವೇಶತೀರ್ಥ ಸ್ವಾಮೀಜಿಯವರ 72ನೇ ಚಾತುರ್ಮಾಸ್ಯ ಸಮಾರಂಭದಲ್ಲಿ ಶುಕ್ರವಾರ ಮಾತನಾಡಿದ ಅವರು ‘ಉಪವಾಸದಿಂದ ಆತ್ಮಶುದ್ಧಿ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಳ್ಳಬಹುದೇ ಹೊರತು ಬ್ರಿಟಿಷರನ್ನು ತೊಲಗಿಸಲು ಸಾಧ್ಯವಿಲ್ಲ. 2ನೇ ಮಹಾಯುದ್ಧದ ನಂತರ ಬ್ರಿಟಿಷರು ನಿರ್ವೀರ್ಯರಾಗಿದ್ದರು. ಅಲ್ಲದೆ ಭಾರತದಲ್ಲಿದ್ದ ಸೈನಿಕರು ಬ್ರಿಟಿಷರ ವಿರುದ್ಧ ಕೆರಳಿದ್ದರು. ಇದು ಬ್ರಿಟಿಷರು ನಮ್ಮ ದೇಶವನ್ನು ಬಿಟ್ಟು ಹೋಗಲು ಮುಖ್ಯ ಕಾರಣ’ ಎಂದರು.
‘ಭಾರತಕ್ಕೆ ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರ್ಯ ನೀಡುವ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿದ್ದ ಬ್ರಿಟನ್ ಪ್ರಧಾನಿಯವರನ್ನು ಪತ್ರಿಕೆಯವರು ಭಾರತಕ್ಕೆ ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರ್ಯ ಬರಲು ಅಹಿಂಸೆ ಎಷ್ಟರಮಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ಕಾರಣವಾಯಿತು ಎಂದು ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆ ಮಾಡಿದಾಗ ಬ್ರಿಟನ್ ಪ್ರಧಾನಿ ಅತ್ಯಲ್ಪ ಮಾತ್ರ ಎಂದು ಉತ್ತರಿಸಿದ್ದರು’ ಎಂದು ನೆನಪಿಸಿಕೊಂಡರು.
With due respect to everyone, what SLB said was Gandhi was the not the main reason for we getting independence. Why are people getting so defensive on Gandhi?
The governor’s situation is not so happy. The Delhi High court has ordered the Bofors case be reopened. That should bring ajji at least some satisfaction.
I don’t know if Radhakrishnan was ever vice-chancellor. K. N. Panikkar was a great historian, but left no imprint on the university. Srimali is an entirely different matter. A politician, a former education minister, he was given the sinecure if for no other reason than that he had time on his hands before going to his maker. He was a champion unilateral decision maker.
Imagine if our own MV had become or could become vice chancellor after resigning as Diwan, but it doesn’t take us long to drag any institution in dirt.
Caste politics should have no place in a university. Merit is the sole distinguishing factor. As S. L. Bhyrappa says in “Bhitti,” the introduction of Brahmin/non-Brahmin dichotomy in the late 40’s, imported from Tamilnadu, was the beginning of the decline of the institution. The chief priest of jaaathi politics was Puttappa, whose arrogance would not countenance reason, the basis of any learning process. A procession of mediocrities after him have continued the tradition established by him, and we won’t see a change in matters of caste at the university in our lifetime. Sad, ajji and Err, very sad.
Great piece of satire. ERR just keep it up and my greetings to Ajji also
Can somebody please list out what are the akramas or the wrongdoings perpertrated by Prof. Prasad?
And as DeJaGow has asked why the Registrar and the Syndicate are NOT being questioned because without their authorisation, no appointments can be made, why are the protests are silent about their role?
Is it just a case of prominent backward class politician rubbed wrong by not heeding to his recommendations?
Can we please have a dekko at Justice Rangavittalachar’s report, please? We’ve paid for it!
Enjoyed reading your satire ERR. Keep it up. who, is behind Gov in blocking action against SP for irregularities? Gov. was Law Minister and should not forget no one is above law?
The Prajavani put out three articles by Dinesh Aminmattu last week. They have mind boggling details.
I am sorry to say DJG, an academic, is no better than the muddled governor.
I would like to know what prompted the portly governor to direct the state government not to file criminal charges against Prasad.
To answer all the reason is just CAST POLITICS AND CAST POLITICS AND CAST POLITICS…………that’s all
nice article by err.. minus S L byrappa’s note other’s are quite valid..Ghandiji’s non voilence is not true non voilence…it always provoked british cops..so in a way it provoked voilence…