Thursday, April 18, 2013

First resort of a patriot - POLITICS



There are good and bad engineers.  There are good and bad doctors.  There are good and bad teachers…..  But even today the words ‘Engineer’, ‘Doctor’ and ‘Teacher’ connote a positive vibration.  But thanks to our politicians, they have managed to change the meaning of the word ‘Politics’.   This word instead of meaning ‘Art or science of government’ connotes negative and repulsive vibrations.  When greed for power and money raises its ugly head anywhere, we suspect the entry of politics, whether it is a temple or an educational institution.


Now I would like to introduce a patriot  by name C.K. Naveena, CEO of Karthavya IT solutions.  It was in 2006 January, one of Divyadeepa’s wellwisher introduced C.K. Naveena to me.  A huge photograph of  my hero, ‘Swami Vivekananda’  adorned a wall of his office.  He spoke softly.  He expressed his desire to visit Kaliyuva Mane.  A few youth visited Kaliyuva mane a few days later.   I’m not sure of the date, may be in February 2006, I received a call from him.  Myself, Padma and Srikrishna were in Mysore city.  Naveena invited us to attend website launching function of his company.  Swamy Nithyasthanandaji of Sri Ramakrishna Ashram was there to launch the website.  As usual I sat in a corner.  Suddenly Naveena requested me to speak a few words about Kaliyuva Mane.  I know pretty well how good I am at public speaking!  Somehow I uttered a few words and invited all the people who had gathered there to Kaliyuva Mane.  After the meeting was over, a few youth ( I am sure of Ashwin, Saurabh and Neetu ) came to me.  We were discussing informally.  They were keen to visit Kaliyuva Mane.  After a few days 16 youth came by 8 bikes to Kaliyuva Mane and expressed their happiness to support Kaliyuva Mane.  That was the beginning of volunteers’ movement!!!

Later onwards Naveena interviewed me for his ‘mysorematters.com’.   At that time I also asked him a few questions.  He expressed his inclination towards entering politics.  My anathema for politics is well-known.  But why not? He has the fire in his belly.  He is honest.  He is educated.  He is an Engineer.  He is young.  Below 30!  More than everything, he is committed.  What other qualifications you need?  He is contesting from Krishnaraja constituency.  Unfortunately I cannot vote for him, as I stay in a different constituency.  He needs our support.  He also needs the support of Divyadeepa volunteers.

Naveena, God bless you!  More and more honest, educated patriots should enter politics.  The word, ‘Politics’ should regain its lost meaning.  This word should bring back to our memories the contributions of politicians of the calibre of  Lal Bahadur Sastry.

-Ananth


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