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Kakkan: The Minister Who Slept On The Platform Bench!

When  Kamaraj was the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, he had Seven Ministers in his Cabinet. P Kakkan (1909-1981) was one among them in the Cabinet. He was given the following portfolios: HOME PWD AGRICULTURE IRRIGATION ANIMAL HUSBANDRY POLICE JAILS PRISON FINANCE EDUCATION LABOUR PROHIBITION. He was Cabinet Minister for 10 years. While touring, he used to wash his clothes (himself). Once he toured Trichy. He missed the train. The next train was on the next day morning. He never approached anyone including the railway staff. He just SLEPT ON THE RAILWAY PLATFORM BENCH. At midnnight, railway police woke him up with the POLICE LATHIS. The police asked him who are you? You cannot sleep here. Go away. He replied “ Sir. My name is Kakkan. I am the Minister for the Police and Home Department. I will leave once the train arrives in the morning. The Policemen were shocked. Sir our apologies to you. Forgive us.  Sir, you can stay in the first-class waiting room.  He replied; No. This comfort is suff

Kannadigas in other states crave reservation in education and jobs

Kannadigas living in the neighbouring states continue to live a pathetic life despite repeated assurances from the concerned. Likewise, the successive state governments have continued to offer a deaf ear to their legitimate demands ever since the formation of states on a linguistic basis in 1956. This year is being celebrated as the Golden Jubilee year of renaming the state from Mysuru to Karnataka. But the problems, woes and demands look like never-ending perennial wounds for a lifetime and generations together. Adverse plight all over: The perplexed situation is by and large common to all those people with Kannada as their mother tongue living in Jath, Akkalkot, South Solapur of Maharashtra, Manjeshwara and Kasargod in Kerala, Mahabubnagar in Telangana and Rayadurga in Andhra Pradesh, Hosur, Krishnagiri, Talawadi, Niligiri, in Tamil Nadu and almost all towns and villages of Goa. These people have been living in these regions for generations and contributing in their own way to the d

Yoga, now a powerful tool for self-employment: Dr Nagaratna Raghuram

Yoga education has come a long way in this country and of late elsewhere across the globe. Beginning with crash courses, camps, certificate, Diploma among many a other, these days you have courses at the Degree, Post Graduate and Ph.D level too. “Thanks to the ever-increasing curiosity, enthusiasm and commitment towards learning Yoga, it has become a powerful tool for self-employment”, says Dr Nagaratna Raghuram, Medical Director of Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandana Samsthana Arogyadhama(S-VYASA), here. S-VYASA, the only University dedicated to Yoga in the country: “In fact, these days you have any number of educational institutions offering many Yoga related courses. However, S-VYASA happens to be the only University in the country completely dedicated to Yoga studies”, she says. Eight Central Universities have separate Yoga Departments: “For record sake, Bihar School of Yoga (BSY) hitherto based out of Munger in Bihar happens to be the first institution imparting Yoga courses in th

MOU between Illinois University and Ramaiah Group of Institutions

T he University of Illinois in the United States has come forward to have a Memoranda of Understanding(MOU) with the city-based Ramaiah Group of Institutions for comprehensive educational research and academic excellence through students and faculty exchange program. Timothy L.Killeen, 20th President of the University of Illinois made this announcement to a media conference here today in the presence of Dr. M R Jayaram, Chairman, Ramaiah Group of Institutions and senior colleagues of both the institutes of learning. The University of Illinois has unveiled a one billion dollar initiative per annum for enhancing infrastructure in medical health care, education, research, and multiple areas to ensure world-class facilities in other countries deprived by such systems, informed Timothy L. Kileen.He declared: The University of Illinois with separate Universities at Chicago, Springfield, and Urbana-Champaign has 86,000 plus students system and has a partnership with 12 countries. However

Foreign nationals pledge their lives for restoration of Gurukul form of education

Foreign nationals pledge their lives for restoration of Gurukul form of education Image by  chiragbarry via instagram Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya on the outskirts of the picturesque and sleepy Kalkeri village near the culturally rich Dharwad city in Karnataka has many feathers in its cap. It’s not just another residential school imparting formal education in the rural areas but one founded by foreign nationals who have literally sacrificed their lives to ensure that the ideals of Gurukul continue to remain unabated since 2002. Mathieu Fortier from Canada and his French wife Agathe Meurisse are the co founders while Adam Woodward from Britain is the Director along with other members of the governing board who are striving incessantly to successfully run the educational cum music organization without any financial aid from either the state or central governments. Looking back at the history of inception of this residential school it reminds one like a script of a super d